I have had back issues from getting hit from behind in a car accident years ago. I would be down for a few days and then be fine. I was extremely healthy and active. I snowboarded, skied, and spend 3-4 days a week at the gym. My gym exercises were limited after the accident and I had therapy, but I was in good relative health. No one could seam to give me a straight answer on my lower back “awareness” or pain. I wish I would have been able to get better answers before my latest problem. I am currently 33 years old. On March 25 2009 I woke up and sneezed. I felt it down my spine, and down both arms and legs, but it stayed in the left leg. After a few minutes I tried to get out of bed. I was done.
I got an MRI and have “disk herniation narrow based. The protrudes into the left lateral recess and displaces the nerve root. The herniation measures 1 cm in diameter”.
I went home that night and that’s when things became the worst. I tried to get up and my calf and thigh just kept tightening. I was shaking in bed trying to find a position to stop the pain and cramping. I relieved it by taking a muscle relaxer. I was on 6x the prescribed amount for the first 2 days. Within a week I was off them completely. I slowly made progress becoming more and more mobile. It was a slow process, but I could see small results each day. I remember looking at both my calf muscles a several days after. It was like they disappeared. Just 2 flabby areas of skin where muscles used to be. I remember my left calf muscle had no strength. I started the decompression table and chiropractic April 3, 2009. The goal was trying to suck the disk back in. From the first night my calf had no strength. I also got an inversion table at my house and hung upside down twice a day for 15 minutes on my non chiropractic days. I got a cane to help me get to the chiropractor on April 3rd. I also bought an on line guide to healing a herniated disk. It had a lot of great information which I used. It is almost a month later and I can walk on my own, but still have almost complete calf weakness in my left leg. I just realized that today when I was asked to stand on my toes. I could easily do it with my right leg, but not with my left. I have noticed that I am making progress with walking better. At first I could only walk for just under a minute. Now if needed I can walk for over 10 and am taking bigger strides.
Now that I realized just how weak my left calf muscle is we are looking at surgery. My left calf muscle has made a significant improvement in size and I am walking better this past week. I will be getting surgical consults for Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression and microdiscectomy this week. While I am getting the surgical consults, I will be evaluating my left calf strength. I plan on deciding the best plan of action in the days to come. The main thing I need to figure out over the next few days is: is my calf getting better, worse or staying the same.