About 3 weeks ago I suffered a face first fall due to foot drop. My entire body went forward but my right foot and leg stayed put and when I realized what happened I thought I hyper extended my leg and pulled my hamstring and glute muscles.
I put up with the pain as it kept changing and moved to my hip and knee as well. I went to my PCP 10 days later and went for a bilateral hip X-ray. It showed no break/dislocation. I followed up with a sports medicine Dr. To assess my condition. He said that I pulled muscles and possibly tore my labrum and meniscus. He also said I may have herniated a disc but the X-ray didn't show my spine. He gave me a script for PT for 8 weeks and said to follow up if no better after.
I should tell you that I had an l/4 l/5 fusion in April of this year. I also had a herniation at the l/3 level but not severe enough to repair with a fusion. Since the SM Doctor was questioning the condition of my spine I decided to call my surgeon. I have an appointment on Tuesday for an X-ray and and appointment to see if I did any damage to my other discs. Of course, in the mean time I've been trying to self diagnose and I know from previous experience that is dangerous.
Now I'm also having a burning sensation on the outside of my calves and top of my feet. my left lower back aches after walking and at times it also feels like my ankles are being strangled by a rope. I take 800 mg gabapentin 3x/day and not sure if that's really helping or not.
Has anyone had similar symptoms and what was your diagnosis? I'm having trouble walking more than a few steps without starting to limp so I've been laying around all week. I'm concerned my muscles are weakening from not doing anything but it's painful to move around. I feel like I'm in a catch 22 and not sure what I should be doing. The SM Dr told me not to baby my leg and the more I use it the stronger it will get. I'm really struggling trying to decide what a happy medium is.
Any comments would be helpful and appreciated.
Herniation of l5 S1 l4 , DDD , microdisectomy in June 2013 and re herniation in September
Cervical herniation at C5-7 Jan 2014 with impingement of spinal cord. 2 level cervical fusion Feb. 2014 and 2 level lumbar fusion in April 2014