It has been awhile since I have posted so let me recap.
I Entered pain management in 2005 after six years of Chiropractic care for lower back pain. The pain went into the mid thigh of the rt leg then numbness and pain in the rt foot.
MRI showed DDD L4-L5-S1, much worse at L5-S1. After many shots and other treatments had a lami at L5-S1 to remove disk parts putting pressure on rt side nerves in Sept 07. Within six months the pain was worse than ever. After new MRI, discogram and CT it was determined to fuse L5-S1. The PLIF was done in Oct 08. The mind numbing pain was gone and the right foot numbness went away. The rt heel pain did not go away like the NS anticipated. I put up with the pain thinking it takes the nerves many months or years to heal. Most days I could have cut that foot off with a saw given the right push. Went to the NS many times about this. He agreed to remove the hardware from the PLIF but he said it would not help the foot. I had been having lots of issues with back spasms and pain on the right side where the hardware was in my back after the fusion. Again after many tests – MRI, Nerve study and CT Myelogram the NS took hardware out in Jan 10. The difference in my back is amazing. The spasms for the most part stopped and my pain level dropped from a steady 7 to 3-4.
The NS was right about the heel. The hardware removal did nothing for it.
He referred me to a Dellon trained Doc. He did many tests on both of my feet. The left was OK. The right heel is hyper sensitive. The rt big toe and adjacent toe are basically numb. The top of that foot in also numb. I did not realize the numbness due to the heel pain. The doctor determined that two different areas of nerves are being compressed. One at the outside of the rt leg just below the knee and the other on the inside of the rt foot just above the heel. He gives the surgery about an 80% chance of success. The only wild card is my back, since that is where the nerve roots are for that area. Plus L4-L5 is DDD with almost half of disk space gone but was not a pain generator during discogram done in 08.
So I have searched this site and others researching the Dellon method. This seams to be the last measure to take from what I read. I have tried Chiro, PT, PM, & vitamins to stop the heel pain to no avail.
Has anyone out there used a Dellon Doc?
What was your outcome?
Has anyone used another remedy with success for this type of peripheral neuropathy?
I would like to hear about it.
I have scheduled the surgery for March 25 and at this point would do it tomorrow if possible.
Please excuse my rambling but I want to hopefully make the picture clear to get good feedback.
Current meds- MS Contin, lortab, soma, zanaflex.
Thanks and God Bless,