Drop Foot treatment? IVIG
Has anyone heard of or have had done this treatment? IVIG, Intravenous Immunoglobulin treatment. I had a lower lumbar , L3,4,5, fusion done about a year ago and have had sever neuropothy and leg pain, drop left foot since the surgery.At first we all thought the surgeon nipped a nerve, but after many tests my neurologist has determined that the surgery aggravated the neuropothy which I now have pretty much throughout my nervous system.
I had a spinal tape as my new neurologist came up with a new theory, that i have a high protein level in my spinal fluid which is causing the neuropothy.
Well, so far he is right as the test showed a high level of protein in my spinal fluid.
He then is recommending this newer treatment, IVIG, which is I get transfusions 3days in a row , once a month. This is supposed to counter act the Antibodies that are fighting my nervous system.
He seems to be real convinced that this could cure my drop foot as there is no indication that any nerve was cut. I had 3 EMG's and they do not show any disconnected nerve. They do show many nerves that have no reaction to the stimulus from the tests.
This is my second neurologist and he seems to be a lot more aggressive and modern thinking of alternative medicine to try. The other neurologist that I had was more "old school" and pretty much said I'd have to live with it.
So, if anyone has any info on this procedure I would appreciate your comments.