Well all of my friends,
I had posted a few days ago about some random foot pain I was having post op. I went three to four weeks post op pain free in my left foot that was drop foot prior to surgery. I was elated after surgery that I was able to move and control my foot and was starting to get sensation back. I was rebounding fast, doing PT three times a week and feeling really good, then BAM pain in the foot came on for no apparent reason. I now have that reason and was something no one expected to happen. Its not perma nerve damage, not healing nerves, not anything like that.
I went to see my NS today and told them of my foot condition and immediatly they ordered an urgent CT scan of my back. They wanted to see if anything had shifted since surgery. Well, it did as it turns out. Some of the donor bone has come away from the disc area and has pinched a nerve. My NS was shocked as he has never had this happen in a patient. Which really is no big surprise to me as I like to call myself Diagnosis X. I dont do things normal.
Luckily they caught it, and I am not fusing yet which is actually a good thing or this material fragment could turn into bone right on my nerve. My option is to do a steroid treatment for a week to see if inflamation has caused that material to kind of dislodge a bit and once the inflamation is down it to will go back into its proper place. Should it not happen I will be having surgery again at seven weeks to correct it.
Although I hated the world at first and left in tears, I am thankful that my surgeon didnt write me off as someone who was just complaining about a toe and prescribed me something to help with nerve damage. He wanted proof that my back was either in tact still or not. Very responsible surgeon and I trust him to no end. I will be finding out next Wed what will be the course of action should the steroid not work.
Has anyone else had this happen (I know this is no fault of my surgeon as he was very prompt in finding out if anything shifted) I also thought it could be food for thought, I feel lucky that he checked and I wasnt written off as just having nerve damage. He took the time to look at a toe and this is fixable still.
Just wanted to share, Im trying to stay positive and really hope the steroid does the trick. If not well, surgery may be needed to put the little sucker back in place.
Food for thought though on nerve issues I think....
Thank you all for your ongoing support