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12 months after decompression surgery stenosis

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12 months after decompression surgery for spinal stenosis I have a numb left foot with loss of sensation and tingling, is it likely to improve so I will be able to drive ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi. When did the foot start to become numb and have you had any studies since that started?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

3 to 4 months after surgery

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Christine--have you had an MRI of your lumbar spine and nerve conduction studies of the leg since that began?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No nothing

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Christine. You need those studies to see if there's a disk problem with nerve compression or any other lumbar spine problem since the surgery. Once that's done, I'd refer you to a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist--for a hands-on physical therapy program that should allieviate the foot and leg problem. It's likely that you will be able to drive again

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I will make a request for the further investigation you suggest I need and report back to you.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Please do but for now please remember to rate my service to you Christine