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Balance and Foot Drop

I had a lamintectomy surgery on l4 and l5 several months ago. I noticed a minor foot drop prior to my surgery, but after surgery my foot drop has gotten worse.. I also developed a severe balancing problem, whereas I can't stand perfectly still for more that a minute. I have no back pain and that it's a blessing, however I have developed these other issues I believe related to the surgery. Is there anyone that had a similar experience? Thank you.


  • Jill55JJill55 Posts: 101
    edited 09/20/2015 - 9:36 PM
    Hi I really sympathise with you regarding the foot drop and balance issues. I had these before my L5 S1 fusion in late April this year and continue to have severe balance issues. The foot drop has improved greatly. I can not comment as to whether yours is connected to your surgery. I am having increasingly bad balance issues especially when I am tired and also climbing the stairs. I have had quite a few near misses where I have almost fallen backwards down the stairs from the top where there is a twist. It is very unnerving. Part of me thinks maybe I should go back to using the stairlift but the other part doesn't want me to loose the strength I have gained in my legs. Carrying anything up the stairs is also an issue. Just standing still I can suddenly feel myself falling backwards I always feel I have to explain myself as to me I feel I must look like I'm drunk. I've spoken to my G.P. but she didn't have a clue. She couldn't understand why I still needed to walk with a stick. I am still waiting to see my consultant for a post op appointment. I'm looking for answers too!
  • strummin365sstrummin365 CaliforniaPosts: 1
    Hello. Just saw your post. I had 4 herniated discs in 2010 and got a discectomy on L4 and L5 and dealt with cauda equina syndrome. I've suffered from foot drop and balance issues ever since. I am hopeful it is never too late for at least partial recovery and my short term plan is to learn appropriate exercises to strengthen the muscles around the peroneal nerve. Good luck and stay positive.
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