Hi! i'm 27/male and i am plagued with back problems. I have some symptoms of "shuerrmann's disease" and also a very narrow spinal cord, and two pars defects, and 3 or 4 smorals nodes (which are symptoms of the shuerrmann's disease). in march of 2007 i herniated a disc in my lower back that caused me to lose my job, and insurance... so after therapy didn't work, i could not afford other treatments... 4 years go by and in august of 2010 my symptoms worsened and i lost feeling in my right leg and foot - it caused my toes to curl...also caused my leg to be ice cold, (which i had to do an arterial doppler test to make sure it wasn't a blood clot...test came back fine).. i've also lost a lot of muscle in my right calf...and i get dropfoot frequently.. long story short - i got insurance and was able to see a real back doctor.. because of how long it took to get insurance, and several mri's and a ct scan, and doctor's availability, i wound up having surgery august of 2011.. i had a lumbar disectomy, and it turned out my disc was actually wrapped around my nerve, suffocating it, and causing an adema (swelling).. i also suffer from horrible arthritis of the spine...
immediately after surgery my toes went back down, and it caused a morton's neuroma in my right foot... it wasn't until jan. of this year (2012, almost 6 months after surgery)) some feeling in my right leg and foot started coming back, however it's really painful. I am on gabapentin for nerve damage... i am well aware how long recovery from my surgery can take.. they say sometimes 1 to 2 years, but the doc made sure i was well aware that my leg and foot may never be normal, due to how badly my disc was buldging and suffocating the nerve - practically killing the nerve...
1. a cortizone shot in my foot did not cure my neuroma in my foot, the doc thinks the next move is to remove the nerve. this will cause me to never have feeling in my foot again... are there any alternatives?
2. my left leg has always been fine, but this morning i realized there is numbness from my shin to my ankle... what could be causing this? is this normal after surgery? did i somehow pinch another nerve?
3. in my right leg my muscles cramp, and pulsate, and are also tender to the touch, where it's a bit painful when i touch my ankle area... could this be something not related to my back issues? what could it be, so i can ask my doctor what to look for?