"Nerves firing"; what does it mean?
Could someone explain to me what it means, “The nerves are firing”.
My surgeon’s RN told me in my pre-op appointment that I could have stabbing pains in my thighs during or up to 3-months. Numbness, etc., included. I asked her if this was because the spine was going to be readjusted (in my case lengthened because of the artificial discs) and then nerves were being pushed? She said, no, it would be because the nerves would be “firing”. I just left it at that.
Now, I have had some of these symptoms… some sciatic stuff in the last week or so, and while I walk, some pretty sharp pains in the back, legs, and foot. And just so you know, I have every faith in my surgeon and RN, and due to the physical progress I have been making every day, I have no doubts that I will have come out of this entire process better than how I was before.
I really wish I knew what it was that she was saying. The nerves firing bit. You see, I am walking more and more, and moving around so much better, and my strength seems to be coming back slowly. So as I walk, I wonder… when I feel a pain… is this a sign of “nerves firing”. I have this feeling like I should just continue to walk… and I do, and soon after I feel better. Tonight is a good example. On and off the whole day (for some time now) various pains and some strange sensations in the legs. Sometimes weakness, but then after a short sit… more strength.
What does this mean, “the nerves are firing”, and how does it relate to pain/recovery?
Paul (57 years old)
Went in with lower back pain, diagnosed w/ Myelopathy late '07.
Correction: 4-Level Cervical surgery Jan '08
(Lumbar region continued to deteriorate...)
Correction: L-4/L-5/S-1 Anterior fusion Oct 22, '08
As of Jan 14, 2009... on my 11th week out...
Both procedures: Rush Medical, Chicago.