Okay, so I had NO IDEA until just a bit ago that if you have nerve damage, your muscles will atrophy.
Half of my right leg went numb due to complications in my July surgery. I have been doing very (if not extremely) well, I think, just aches pains, sleeping isn't so easy and some other minor things.
But I noticed a few months ago that my thigh muscle would cramp whenever I kneeled down. Then I also noticed that my pinky toe on the right would severely cramp out whenever I rubbed the bottom of my foot or stretched my foot. Mind you - I can't feel most of this, I can see my toe but my thigh is just a feeling in the half that has feeling.
I thought it felt like the muscles were atrophy-ing (sp? LOL) but I convinced myself that since I could still move the muscles it could not be that.
Well, apparently it CAN and WILL and DOES.
I've been working now with a therapist. I don't really know if there is anything that can be done, if things will just keep getting worse or if I can hold it all at bay with PT. Time will tell I guess.
I do still have hope that the damage is reversible. I could still get the feeling back - it's only been just over 6 months after all.