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Hello everyone!
I am a retired chiropractor of 27 years of practice. Unfortunately my profession got me. In 1998 I herniated my lower 3 disc in of the lumbar spine. I was out of my office 3 months that year. I have had 3 wonderful specialist in the Louisville area that helped me continue to practice by providing 2 series of spinal injections, 98 and again in 2000, along with pain meds and told to keep getting my low back manipulated. But by 2001, I was having to lie down in my private office an hour in the morning and then again in the afternoon, along with taking 6 hydrocodiene pills a day. My patients were getting well, but I was suffering. The practice was sold early 2002, and I had back surgery in March of that year. The surgery has stabilized the low back by the use of rods and the severe pain in that area is gone, but the damage to the nerve roots has left me with this darn bilateral lower extremity neuropathy and right foot drop.
I have enjoyed reading this forum to at least know I am not alone dealing with these issues. I wish none of us had to deal with the issues we are, but I guess like they say, it could always be worse. My legs drive me nuts some times, but at least I have them and can walk!


  • Hi David, welcome!

    I have also found this site to be a good source of information and also a source of support. I too read posts here and think, "why do we all have to go through this". It seems cruel. However, you are correct, it could always be worse. I think about that often. It is a good way to illustrate what I do still have.
  • Spiny_MaloneSSpiny_Malone Posts: 225
    edited 09/06/2014 - 1:21 AM
    Spiny Malone is also a back sufferer with foot drop... The nerve root was very flattened and Im 6 weeks post op with some recovery in the foot. It was the biggest disc he's pulled out of a back so far. I'm glad I could impress! Anyway.. after posting and reading of others' stories I find some comfort in comraderie. Now that I think back I did fall off a horse.. got bowled over by a large dog... Maybe that's it. Maybe not. I'm learning to live in the present. Live in the moment. It's the only way to get through the recovery and the mental game that this kind of recovery needs.
    How well did your foot come back and how do you walk? Do you have an AFO? Can you describe to me how you exercise? I'm starting physio next week and am walking with a cane and bike riding (this is new as I was weak.. But can now safely and strongly straddle a bike)
    Take heart. You are not alone.
  • Welcome to Spine Health.http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-message-resource

    Are you using any of the neuropathic medications to treat the nerve pain? I have a completel bilateral foot drop, and use afo's to help with my gait.
  • I do not use any form of leg brace. I felt the more the leg and foot was braced, the muscles would be sure to atrophy. The old rule, if you don't use it you loose it. I try to wear mainly high top shoes that support the ankle, for example basketball type tennis shoes. Once you learn the new gait that you have to have with the foot drop walking becomes easy. I was for several years on high doses of narcotics, but that was more addictive than anything else. Currently I use Zoloft and Lyrica with good results. I exercise by using many of the simple yoga stretches and walking every morning. I try to avoid certan positions that need to aggravate the nerve root, for example the excellerater of the car. I use the curse control when ever I can to keep the vibration from aggravating the foot. Hope some of this helps.
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