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MagnumtagemMMagnumtagem Posts: 76
Im one yr post op micro on l5-s1. I feel im doing very well considering how i was when i had surgery. I still have alot of foot drop wich may or may not gett better doc said to give it a yr and it has been but it could take longer. Any way I still have tingleing in back left side of left calf any one else have some of these and is there a chance of it still repairing itself. Do others have alot of pain one day and not the other. I have bouts where my knees down will hurt like 7-8 for aday and be better the next day. Doc said it could be gout but i have to be in pain when i go in for a blood test.


  • Do you have pain in a joint like the big toe? Usually gout is a more localized pain. I've never heard of it running down from the knee into the foot. Perhaps I didn't understand your description.

    If I were you, I would not give up on the foot drop. Have you thought about getting an opinion from another spine specialist? Sometimes a different doctor will have a new perspective on a problem. I had a one level fusion almost two years ago and have had continued sciatic-type pain in one leg and both feet have some degree of numbness. I am slowly regaining feeling in my toes and it is still evolving, as far as I am concerned. I see no reason why it won't continue -- it is just very, very slow!

    In any case, do not give up. There are some exciting advancements on the horizon working with stem cells which, hopefully, will be able to help you and me.

  • yes sometimes doc did say it doesnt have to be specific to the toe though and he is the second to sugest that i have gout. Any way its good to hear your getting better. I was mainly curios if there was still hope after the 1 yr mark. I have not felt like ive taken a step in the healing prcess like i use to but THAT DOESNT MEAN IM NOT. I have not given up at all. Thanks for you input. Good luck with all your healing
  • Have you tried accupuncture specifically for the foot drop? I have been going for about six years and there is a difference among practioners. The one I am seeing currently is trained in Chinese medicine and is an herbologist. For the first time, I get a strong reaction from her treatments. It is very interesting to me how the experiences can be so different. It seems like she's doing the same thing and yet I get a good response from her treatments. I now have more feeling in my feet than I've had since 2001. She is the one that believes nerves can continue to regenerate even after a year or two.

    My husband has gout. I know it can be in different joints, but I thought it was in a specific spot and not in a whole generalized area...but I certainly don't know that much about it!! I just looked through about ten different websites and they all suggest it is located in a joint. I'm confused why your doctor thinks your pain is coming from gout....oh well, I probably am not understanding the nature of your pain.

    It is possible that there is still a small disc fragment left from the first surgery that presses up against the nerve. Depending on your level of activity, etc. it hurts some days more than others.

    I'm going to have more surgery after the New year...at least I think I will do it. I may change my mind and just live with what I have!!

  • Ive had pain in my knees since i was a kid tons of xrays more xrays so on nothing ever found. I do have plauqe soriesis, witch makes gout more comin. One doc had her hand on my knee when i waqs in my 20s when i moved it and she said wow that must hurt i said what she said that kinda gringing i said no she said it feels like you have gout and I left it at that.But some times the pain is very bad like an 7-8. Any way doc firt though it might be my low back but pain doest seem to come down upper legg so they say it isnt my back now i know from my own and some read experiences that all pain is not experienced the same by all people. I have read on gout and changed my diet alittle and it did seem to help so maybe or it could just be less preasur eon back do to lost weight. Iam going to talk to back doc because he told me i had one of the most narrow spinal canals he has ever seen and maybe this could be the caus e of the pain. I might look into the acupunture when i get some money rolin in again but i remain hopefull it will get better on its own. Thanks agian for th advice.
  • I guess it is worth checking out all possibilities! I think it is fairly easy to do blood tests to see if it is gout -- and it can be very painful. I know many people can't stand to have anything touching the painful joint when they are having a flare.

    I have a narrow spinal cord too. It works OK as long as nothing else occurs to take up space. The minute you develop a little spinal arthritis or have other problems like a disc bulge, it doesn't take much for the nerves to have to compete for space. It's like an old iron pipe that gets clogged up with minerals. Pretty soon there is hardly any room for a stream of water to pass through, so the roto-rooter guy has to come in and ream out the pipe. That's pretty much what the surgeon can do when spinal stenosis is present. He goes in there and cleans out all the gunk that has built up and restores the space so the nerves have room to pass through unencumbered.
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