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Pain and numbness on the leg and feet after a surgery for spinal cord compression. Is there a nerve damage? Taking nortriptyline

i had surgery for spinal cord compression five years ago. my legs and feet are numb and have on going pain, they put me on Nortriptyline HCL 10mg taken at night. i don t find them helpful and still get the pain. i find my balance is not the best and wonder if the electrics nerve is damaged and therefore if nothing can be done. i have just started doing light exercises in the pool to help strengthen the muscles. am i on the right medication? thank you
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Your symptoms could be related to partial spinal cord damage, prior to surgery.

This would recover gradually. Recovery can be made faster with regular exercises and physiotherapy.

For pain (which is related to nerves), pregabalin capsules would be useful.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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