I had 3 level ACDF July 2010. The reason I had the surgery was to stop the pain in both my arms. I also could not raise either arm above my shoulders. Unfortunately I still have a c5 palsy in my left arm which came on suddenly about 7 days after surgery. That's not my problem or question.
My question is should I have more surgery, this time in my lower back due to my left calf muscle becoming severely atrophied? I have begun a slight limp and walking is now becoming a chore as I have to think my foot thru the motion as my calf muscle is not functioning and my foot flops down making the stepping motion uncoordinated. Ortho doc says its nerve getting squeezed. Sounds bad to me. I have had 6 sciatic flareups since 2004 and dozens of minor "back spasms". I think I have had 5 or 6 sets of ESI's and many sessions of physical therapy. I do daily core exercises and use daily a low voltage electric nerve and muscle stimulator to help atrophy and pain. Pain is not too bad but it has been around for almost 8 years and I not getting any better. It is the calf atrophy and limping that has me concerned more now than 6 months ago. It seems as if the only way to stop the slow progressive calf atrophy is surgery. What would you do?