I really don't know where to start this post, but I've been battling with, and trying to understand, the pain in my right leg.
Back in December, I went to the Motocross Winter Olympics in Florida. I raced on Friday/Saturday but was just a spectator on Sunday. So, Saturday night I was drinking fairly heavily out of frustration for my poor performance over the weekend. I changed the oil in my friends bike and was riding around the pits before I put it into the trailer for the night. I hit something in the road (don't recall what) and flipped the bike over on me. As some of you may know, the new 4-stroke MX bikes have EXTREMELY hot exhausts. Anyhow, during the crash the exhaust got into my leg and burned it quite badly.
Regardless, I was really too drunk to know the extent of the burn and just taped it up and continued drinking. Finally I guess I passed out in the RV and went to sleep. Here is where the trouble arises.
The following morning I woke up, pretty hung over .. and my leg was asleep. I tried to stand up to shake it out but couldn't! I started freaking out .. my right leg was completely numb. We got the EMT at the track to come to the RV. I thought I was having a stroke.
They rushed me to the local hospital in Ocala. Once I got there they told me I had developed compartment syndrome and had to do 2 emergency fasciotomys (leg saving procedure where they slice the leg open down to where the fascial compartments are) to relieve the pressure. The surgeon initially wanted to just amputate but I said no way, what else is there. Anyways, I was in ICU for 3 days, and in the hospital for a total of 34 days.
For that entire time I could barely lift my leg from the thigh to knee, and from the knee down, my leg was completely dead. No movement and no sensation whatsoever.
It turns out that I was hit with a double whammy. Since I was so drunk, I laid on my right side without moving for like 8 hours, and also developed compression neuropathy, which is what caused the lack of movement and nerve damage in my upper leg.
The fasciotomy caused the nerve damage from the knee down.
Regardless, all of this combined to cause me some of the most excruciating pain imaginable. I screamed and cried like there was no tommorow. They pumped me full of morphine, oxycontin and all of the serious meds and some of them made me feel a little better or sleepy, but none helped with the pain.
They finally tried Methadone and surprisingly, that offered the first bit of relief that I had gotten.
Anyways, today, its been 7 months later. I am back in KY where I am from, and I am still dealing with unbelievable amounts of pain. I've went to a few doctors around here and as some of you may know, KY is home of the worst prescription drug abuse problem in the entire world.
My physiatrist says no nerve blocks untill I give my leg 12-18months to heal. I have regained all movement and some feeling in my leg, however I have complete foot drop. I can kick my leg up, but cant raise my foot.
Anyway, I am just wondering what some of you with similar nerve pain do? Currently I am on Lyrica and a 50mg Duragesic patch every 3 days. That combined helps a little, but at night I am woken several times and really have to baby my foot/leg.
I don't do any physical therapy, and am doing little to rebuild my muscles. Anything other than some very light walking throughout the day will cause me absolute hell come night time.
The DR's in Florida had me on 40mg Methadone every 8 hours and said that the most important thing at the time was for me to use my leg and try to get as much use out of it as possible, because just sitting around in pain, and avoiding using my leg, wouuld really end up doing more harm to my leg, and if I didnt get on top of it in the early going, after its been too long, it'll be too late.
I am desperately searching for the right treatment or the right doctors. Even with the babying I am doing I am still suffering with all of this burning, vibrating, electrical bullshit and I really don't think its fair.
Thanks for listening!