spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1
I feel for you, about 5 yrs. ago, I started to experience numbness in the left buttock over the next year it traveled down my left leg. Then I began to experience what I thought were Restless Leg symptoms at night....next thing I knew I felt like I was being stung constantly by thousands of bees. I had an MRI of the low back and although, I have disc bulges, nothing explained the symptoms. I was crying, scared and so uncomfortable. They put me on Neurontin, which literally did nothing. I was on pain medication from chronic pain as a result of a triple neck fusion. Nothing really helped the pain and I thought I was going crazy, an EMG showed I had neuropathy in both legs and extensive peroneal damage but the cause is unknown. I began to up the dosage of Neurontin it helped the neck (nerve) pain but did nothing for the legs, they switched me to Lyrica which did help BUT I had a severe reaction to Lyrica and had no choice but to stop it. NO ONE understood WHY I had no desire to go out and do things, I would walk 3 feet and begin to drag my leg. I decided to go for accupuncture and it did take away the pins and needles, burning and constant bee sting pain. I also went for Physical Therapy and my PT taught me how to look in the mirror and reconnect my brain and leg so I could control the limp. I do limp and flare symptoms if I overdue but I no longer have the horrible pain constantly.
I go for accupuncture and cold laser treatments when needed and use a homeopathic ointment called Traumeel everyday which contains Arnica and Hypericum these are both proven to help pain and inflammation, hypericum is for nerve pain. These do help!
Did you have surgery recently? The Dr.'s cannot explain my symptoms and repeat that damage MAY have occured at the initial ruptures of the neck discs. A neurologist that I saw last year wanted me to know what my prognosis (he doesn't know the cause) will be and I told him please to keep it to himself. They don't know the cause, so in my opinion how can they tell me what will happen to me.
Just wanted you to know there are things that can take the edge off and you are not alone!
The exercises are actually simple....touch your finger to your nose while watching yourself in the mirror. The ones for the legs are done with a wedge board, you put your foot on the board while watching yourself in the mirror....I drag my leg from the nerve damage and this really does reconnect the nervous system and its miraculously stops me from dragging the leg. I do this exercise several times a day, it only takes a few minutes. There are several other exercises she has taught me but these 2 are so easy and work quickly. My big problem is that I had a severe reaction to Lyrica, so I am unable to take it! I was put on Lyrica after I reached the maximum dose of Neurontin. I worked in the Medical Field all my career the last 21 yrs with an M.D. that was also a Homeopath. So I was lucky to have attended many seminars and study nutrition before my injury occured. The very things I learned have helped me control the pain somewhat. I prefer Natural over Medication, BUT....I am on Norco! I use supplements, accupuncture and several other alternative treatments in an effort to control the debilitating pain I live with. edt
PaLady and Candy,
I will try and find out what the exercises are called! I will be in touch.