In am 60 yr old male. I have stenosis in upper and lower back. Plenty of arthritis in lower back also.3level ACDF last July stopped level 7 and 8 pain in both shoulders and arms. I was unable to lift either arm above my chest due to pain before surgery. I had a severe case of c5 palsy in my left arm and have yet to regain all the strength in that arm. I probably at 60percent now.
Old problem has become a major one. About 5 years ago I had terrible time with left achillies which doctors blamed on a an accident. Will after a year of limping I finally wore a boot for 3months and that seemed to helped but it was never right and was a source of a nagging tightness. Well while at my 5 month post neck surgery checkup Doc took look at left calf, after I complained and asked how long has it been atrophied. I was shocked to see half the muscle gone.
I could raise my heel maybe and inch or two while standing on the ball of my foot. Now it hurts all the time, it is smaller than before and I cant raise off the heel more than an inch at best. And that type of execise is starting to hurt as are other movement that isolate the calf muscle.
Spinal problem?? Ever hear of it?? I gotta get back doc soon and find out what this is all about..