I'm a 20 year old male suffering from foot drop and intense pain in my foot. How exactly it happened is unclear to me. I got extremely intoxicated and passed out on a hard floor for a good 12 hours.
I was admitted to the emergency room because I had fluid in my lungs, with life threatening pneumonia. That's when I first noticed the extreme numbness and loss of motor control in my foot.
A week later I was released and sought out help for my leg and foot. I was prescribed Gabapentrin by my family doctor and then referred to a neurologist. I had an EMG done and the results were 'Acute L5 Radiculopathy" which to this day I still don't know what that means. I didn't have a lot of my questions answered the way I wanted. My treatment that prescribed is conservative pain management and physical therapy. The thing that scares me that this isn't the right route of treatment for me.
I'm a little over a month of this. I have no pain in my thigh. It only starts in my calf down to my foot. My calf was very numb and tender at first and could not put pressure on it. But that has improved and most of the numbness has subsided and now it just feels weak. My foot is the worst part. Coupled with the pain and foot drop it's torture. At first my foot felt like a block of wood but now I have better control and can walk decently. The numbness in my foot subsided greatly about a week ago. Now it is ultra sensitive to touch, putting shoes and socks on feel like my foot is being lit on fire. I don't know if pain is better than numbness in this case. Sleep is hard and the pain is unrelenting.
I'm 20 years old and I'm not sure why exactly I'm posting this. I'm scared and do not want to live my life like this. Maybe just some second opinions to put my mind at ease.