nerve conduction study/EMG results - please help me understand!
I got the results of my nerve study & EMG today. Here is what it says:
Impression: Nerve conduction study showed prolongation of terminal latency and decreased CMAP amplitude in the right peroneal nerve which is a non-specific finding and can be secondary to EDB muscle atropy, peroneal neuropathy, sciatic neuropathy, L5 radiculopathy. EMG showed increased insertional activity, posiive sharp waves, fibrillation potentials in the right L3, L4, L5 paraspinal muscles. In patients who had lumbar surgery EMG findings of denvervation in lumbar paraspinal muscles withouth evidence of denervation in muscles of the lower extremity are considered non-specific and might be secondary to trauma on muscle, old radiculopathy, persistence or recurrence of radiculopathy.
I had a decompression surgery last July, during surgery he placed a jelled sponge between a disc and untangled a nerve. but even before he did he surgery, he was not sure it would help. It did not help the pain I had in my right hip, which runs down to my ankle. The pain started Dec 2006, I had been going to the doctor since then. Now 4 orthos, neurosurgeon, neurologist, as well as family doctors and 3 times to therapy. Nothing has helped. Up til now, they have acted like it was in my head but now it seems to late.
After the nerve study, th neurologist said it was permanent damage and I must treat it with heavy pain killers like hydrocodine, etc.
Is there any change that I can reverse the damage and rebuild the nerves?
I go back to the ortho that ordered the study next Thurs - any suggestions for the questions I should ask him?
Also, I go to my endo on Wed (my thyroid is enlarged and with nodulars). Could this have anything to do with having low B12 or low vitamin D? I have battled with these for a while.