My symptoms have moved over to the other leg (right)somewhat. Similar pain on top of foot (both feet now), back of calfs are sore like I've been working out (both legs) and misc. tingling all over....very wierd. The latest episode or neurological flare-up started Friday AFTER visiting the Hottub that morning. Now thinking back,...the hottub visit has preceded previous neuro flare-ups. I go from the hottub to the pool and back and forth til I'm done. Usually about an hour total before I head home. The theory I had was that the heat would sooth the muscles and the back and forth action between heat and cool water (the pool) would help in healing similar to when an athlete has a sprain and would hot water to ice bucket to speed up the healing process (nice run-on sentence, huh).
Question is: Has anyone noticed that HEAT caused MORE neurological symptoms (pain/tingling/numbness)in the first few months after surgery?
I'm done with the Hottub (even though it feels so good) and I'm all ICE now,...period.
Chirogeek, in his diary, discussed a similar phenomenon,he stated
"I've learned that when a nerve root becomes severely aggravated it can indeed cause a 'spill-over' effect on the neighboring roots (probably at the cord level) and 'widen' the dermatomal symptomatology of the patient, even setting off dermatome disturbances in the other limb."
Maybe my hottub ventures are really aggrivating the root and setting me back?
Another phenomenon is Intraneural fibrosis (scar tissue INSIDE the nerve sheath) that can cause continued neurological symptoms without nerve impingement (like after decompression surgery). I believe this could be what causes continued nerve pain even after fusion or other treatments and may be the hidden cause of "failed back surgery."
Chirogeek has a wealth of great information.http://www.chirogeek.com