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  • My thoughts are that you should push for tests to determine the reasons for the foot drop. Push to see a neurologist, push to have a full spinal mri, you need to know, and it can be a sign of other conditions ie MS.... so you really need to know why first...
  • Cannot really say if it gets better or not.. I had L5-s1 surgery in april 2012 and experienced an automatic insane problem to the surgery which has now been diagnosed as RSD, CRPS and "Foot drop" - which is kind of odd.. I can move my ankle, but cannot walk the way I used to - feels like I am walking on a baseball.. It appears that the peroneal nerve is damaged (from s1 on the left side) I now have an AFO brace (very clunky) - this was something I had to research myself (!) and it is hard to get it into boots - cold feet now that the weather here has changed. This has been over a year and a half, and there was NOTHING from the surgeon in the beginning - HE kept saying it would get stronger. What a crock. Sorry, but angry and annoyed. The person who suggested it as foot drop was finally my PT and my pain mgmt. doc. Pain Mgmt keeps suggesting a spine stim to which I keep saying no. I have read about nerve transfer surgery but they aren't doing it in NY *(that I know of)* and have only seen info on that in Texas. I just read about exterior RFD stimulators, but I don't know if they work.. I know this is horrible (for me) as I used to love to walk, run, etc., and thought that the back surgery would assist. I didn't think, (yes, poor me) that this would happen to me.. :-( TRUE > With the nerve damage and entrapment left too long the nerve I guess basically dies off and neuropathy sets in. < My neuro pain was an instant issue from my surgery in the night in recovery and no one did anything for me. 12 hours in agony. I cannot feel the bottom of my foot ,and have tripped/ fallen more than once.. once, two weeks after surgery. The volume of pain dialed down in the past year, but not all the time.. it comes and goes with a vengeance at times. burning. stabbing, electrical, you name it.. I do not believe there are quick cures.. there's PT, which is a necessity to keep muscles working, even if nerves are not.. I try to do what I can. the brace helps, but it is too heavy to keep on all day and night. I usually take it off when I get home. This whole path of pre surgery, post surgery, and this past year, quite an experience.. quite.. I wish you all the best.. and hope you all heal FAST..
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  • my films / mri's do not show anything as "trapped"... I saw a whole new crew of doctors after my surgery... the only thing that they wanted to do was a myelogram, which I did not want to do (too many risks, too much fear) too many doctors.. they said that it was probably due to a bleed on the nerve post surgery (*while in recovery*) and that damages the nerve to the point, of potential, NO return.. I have been told, sorry this happened, but... there are risks. I do not consider this a successful surgery and I do think of my surgeon as a real tool. ( yes, a NYC top of the line doc) He yelled at me and berated me 3 weeks after my surgery for not being able to stand on my TOES and blamed the whole thing on the blood clots ! (yes, I had those too..) Been a very tough year + for me.. Is there a legal recourse? No. One thing I will tell EVERYONE here, is that, the back surgery cost me way more than I ever expected, in extra costs, extra doc visits, lost work time, (6 weeks out) my back is strong enough now for me to do things I used to do, but I will never be able to dance again. that makes me super sad..
  • MartzmomMMartzmom Posts: 1
    edited 02/19/2015 - 4:18 AM
    Hi Everyone,

    I had a T12 Burst fracture in Dec 2013. I was left with a foot drop on my left foot. I trip and fall a great deal on a daily basis. I have an AFO that I wear. However, the nerve pain makes wearing the AFO extremely difficult. I use a TENS unit a lot to help ease the pain. Does anyone know if surgery may help me? I don't have insurance and my PT acts as my primary. Should I push him for more answers? I feel constant pins and needles even with a high dose of meds. I take NO pain pills.

    It seems everyone here has been through a lot. The only thing I can say to everyone is All You Got, All The Time! That's how I got out of my hospital bed, and how I deal with this foot drop on a daily basis.
    Martz Mom
  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    I am having a "poor me" night but after reading this thread I just went to test my "foot drop" which was really bad in September. I'd since had several injections which I felt were "useless" but, for now, my foot drop doesn't seem to be an issue! I can stand on tiptoes on both legs!
    I just keep getting more and more news that "there's not much that can be done" I'm happy with the little things! I know it's temporary because the foot drop always comes back but, for right now, I can pretend to be a prima ballerina for a few minutes. I have to celebrate the little things!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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