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Foot Drop - any help with chiropractic care/acupuncture/massage or B12 vitamins

According to my x-rays and MRI I only have degenerative disc disease.  My EMG said I had issues with L5/S1.  Had severe lower back pain in May.  Now, it's just tight.  Some tingling down outside of my calf and into my foot.  Surgeon suggested spinal fusion surgery, but I'm hesitant b/c I've heard recovery is very difficult and there is no guarantee of any foot drop resolution.  They also said it might take a year after surgery to see foot drop improvements/resolution.  I have been seeing a chiropractor who practices acupuncture and I've seen a little improvement (less foot and toe tingling and more strength when I place my foot on the ground, and more upward movement in my big toe and slight lift off the ground ).  But still no ankle dorisflexion or toe-to-heal walking gait.  I've only been seeing chiro for about a month.  Also, curious if anyone has had improvement with B12 vitamins and what dosage helped for you.  I've also been avoiding the full ankle AFO prescribed by the doctor.  I know it might help me be more active.  But I've heard it's expensive and bulky and can prohibit you from using muscles that could get better if they're being used rather that enclosed in a rigid AFO.  Any advice would be very appreciated.  Foot drop has been a life-changing experience for me.  I used to walk 15,000+ steps a day.  Now, I'm cautious and don't even wear my Fitbit anymore.  But I'm determined to overcome this issue!


  • Hello, Shayron!

    Determination is a critical piece of the healing puzzle, no doubt!! 

    My husband has to take B12, but his dose is to supplement thyroid medication.  It's always best to check in with your doctor about any supplementation--some brands are better than others, and your doctor may have some excellent recommendations for you in terms of vitamins and other supplements. 

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  • This is a question I have as well.  I too have foot drop and am looking for info on anything that may help in the recovery and not finding much online.  I have read that B-12, omega 3 and magnesium helps.  My physical therapist advised that massaging the affected leg and foot helps as well.  I'm not sure about acupuncture but have heard that may help too.  I haven't had it long enough to tell you what is working for me though
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  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,331
    I take b12 every day -1300 mg...because i have a b12 absorption issue. Its hereditary-my dads side has it too. I also get injections of b12 as well. Didnt help my foot drop one iota. Sorry....it did help headaches and shakiness but not the nerve issues i have fom my various broken and breaking stuff in my back...
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    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

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