L4-L5 laminectomy/discetomy and Foot drop
After reading the blogs on this board I think my issue is very common and frustrating for everyone. I recently underwent a discetomy after I was hospitalized in excruciating pain (extreme sciatica). The neurosurgeon was not quick to jump into surgery initially until he assessed my foot drop...After I was able to better articulate my symptoms once the meds were keeping the pain down. More than just a leg weakness I was experiencing foot drop. Now comes the medical mystery part. After the surgery, pain was gone and I feel good. The only thing I am frustrated with is the foot drop which has not responded as I had hoped. My doc has scheduled me for another mri in a few weeks should I not regain movement. So many possibilities from scar tissue to a cyst may be compounding the issue. I continue to exercise my foot, eat well and take supplements more specifically B-12 (methyl and benfotiamine- more for diabetics but trying for some nerve benefit). Some people around me don't seem to understand my frustration and difficulty in the dorsal flexion. My PT has tried different approaches and continues to try but reiterates the best way to induce signal in the nerve is to exercise and focus on movements which involve the peroneal (turning foot inward and upward). I realize the damage done to the nerve could take 12 months to get better (if not damaged beyond the point of no return), I would like to know what others have tried and found to be helpful or not. FYI, I limit my use of the AFO to the times I am really exhausted or I need to walk relatively normal.