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drop foot

ViolinMMVViolinMM Posts: 1
edited 05/17/2015 - 4:08 AM in Pain Management
Hi I had surgury in Jan for a herniated disk. It caused drop foot in my left foot I can move my foot and toes but still have numbness and can't walk on my heels yet or have much balance on that foot. But have had some Physical therapy and doing home exercises but is it gonna ev er go away completely or should I be concerned?

Thanks Meredith


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 05/18/2015 - 9:46 AM
    What did your doctor say when you asked him?

    Everyone is so individual. Doctor is really only one to best guide you....and or reassure you.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • What did your surgeon tell you regarding the foot drop?
    Nerve pain and injury can take some months to recover from, and it sounds like there have been some improvement since the surgery.
    Your best option would be to continue to work hard at physical therapy, and strengthening the muscles around the foot and ankle and give it some time.

  • I can't predict your future or tell you whether or not to be concerned. I can say that I've dealt and lived with something very similar since 2011. In the spring of that year I fell, fracturing my L3 and herniating the discs above and below. Aside from the pain, the most troubling symptom for me was loss of feeling and control in muscles from my right buttock down through my foot when I would stand for more than 10-15 minutes.

    My decision to have a micro-D on L3/L4 was based mostly on the numbness/control symptoms. Immediately after surgery my pain level was a lot better and the numbness was gone. I was rear ended at about 40mph ten days after surgery. The pain returned in full force immediately and the numbness came shortly thereafter. A fresh MRI showed the accident essentially put me right back where I was before surgery.

    The numbness has stayed since 2012. Sometimes its better and sometimes it worse. Some days I barely notice it and other days I can't walk anywhere without going numb. Pain is pretty much a 24/7 journey and I'm working through all of the non-invasive methods I can without going through the roof with meds. I can be at least somewhat mobile on the worst pain days but numbness got to the point of not being able to walk.

    I'd think that you need to ask your doc why this numbness came after surgery. Does the disc operated on and corresponding nerve root match up with where your numbness is? If so, it might just be a matter of waiting on the healing process. If not, there may be some more serious questions to ask of your doc.

    Take care
    Ken S
  • chop my leg offcchop my leg off British ColumbiaPosts: 56
    One year for me and I still have no motor control or feeling.  Except peripheral neuropathy pain from all this which is as bad or worse than the back pain
    L5S1..2 microdisectomies in 30 days maybe one more on the agenda. 4 bulged discs and one of them loves my spinal canal X2 :/ and a compression fracture . And now scar tissue wrapped around the nerve causing horrible neuropathy all over again.   VICIOUS CIRCLE :(
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