First - It's been a YEAR since my release from the hospital!! (well, shy 2 days, but who's counting )
Due to some complications I was left with nerve damage. The outside half of my right leg is still numb. From the 'behind/hip area right down the middle of my leg to the small toes. The pinky toe is the 'deadest' and I am unable to move it at all - totally paralized, but I have feeling in the big toe.
I started having cramps in my right hamstring about 5-6 months post-op. Then it moved to my calf and under my foot. That's when I started PT for it.
I had been doing fairly well with preventing full-blown charleyhorses, straightening the leg, pushing the pinky toe back in, not rubbing the bottom of my foot etc. whenever I felt them come on - until this month.
Now I'm really stuck - worried too - I can't stop the cramping. When my calf charleyhorses it takes at least half an hour of heat massage to get it to let go. And it goes a lot now! Mostly in the early mornings in bed.
What can I do - anyone have experience?? I've been watchdogging my diet, I drink abut 100oz. of water a day, I take vitamins, I do my stretches (periformis and heel down/toe up stretches - all like I've been taught).
The NS wants another back x-ray, told me to take ibuprofen and to continue all the above (water,diet,stretches). But there has been no change in my back pain. I don't think it's a problem with my back - more like it's a problem with the nerve damage left from the surgery.
Has anyone ever gained back sensation after a year of numbness?
Has anyone ever had to deal with these Charleyhorses?
Who has had paralysis?
Please, any advice is VERY welcome. I go back to the NS mid-Aug., it was to evaluate me for hardware removal, but now it's also for this.
p.s. One lucky thing - the cramps are tight and severe, but I only feel the tension they create. They are painless - probably because they are in the numb muscles.