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Posted on 06-17-2015

Will the pain that goes down my leg ever go away?

The chances of improvement depend on the extent of the injury to the nerve.  If the injury is mild and the cells that support the nerve are left intact – the neuropathy should improve as the nerve heals.  Many times the nerve is injured by something that can be treated or reversed, i.e. a compressed or pinched nerve.  In these cases, whatever is the culprit can simply be removed from the equation and allow the nerve to heal.  However, if the injuring agent is still present, it is harder for the nerve to heal.  In fact, if the nerve stays injured for too long, the damage can be irreversible.  The most important thing to keep in mind is the sooner a neuropathy is treated, the better the chances to have a good recovery.

- Dr. Adam Mootz

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