Hello. I have been with my symptoms for 15 months, and have seen various doctors (GP, Orthopedics, Neurologists) and physical therapists. However, none have been able to provide answers, or resolve the issues. Would greatly appreciate any thoughts/comments on next steps I can take to resolve the issue. Some details are below:
Background: I fell approx 1metre and landed on my feet. However, my right leg was perfectly straight, and rather than my knees bending to absorb the impulse, the force went up my back. I felt my muscles along my spine spasm/tighten, and an electric shock go up my spine. I woke the next day to no numbness or tinging. I just experience muscle soreness in my back.
I saw a physiotherapist, who worked on the back muscles, and things improved.
I run for exercise, and progressively over the following 3 months, I felt my right foot lose sensation.
I saw a GP, who referred me to an Orthopedic Surgeon, who referred me to a Neurologist. All say that the nerve is bruised, and time will heal. It has been approx 18 months since the event, and 15 months since I first felt the parathesia in the right foot.
Numbness is on the lateral side of the foot, indication S1-L5 nerve damage
MRI of the lumbar spine shows no disc herniation or neural impingement
Nerve conductance testing and EMG show that there is no damage to the nerve
Despite all the above diagnostic tests showing no damage, I have:
numbness in the right foot
Atrophy to the gluteal muscles
General muscle weakness in the right leg
I am struggling to understand why the results of various tests show no damage, yet the physical symptoms do show damage.
Next steps that I am thinking:
Take an MRI in a "weight bearing" scanner - this may show disc impingement that the horizontal MRI could not reveal
Have an orthopedic surgeon complete a micro-disectomy to go in there and "clean up" any scar tissue that my be touching the nerve that may not have shown on the horizontal/original MRI.
As mentioned above, seeking any comments/guidance on the next steps.
Thank you in advance.