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Old 12-26-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Dr changed treatment plan! Please read!

Initially dr said I had bulgin disc causing nerve impingement, now Dr. Said he thinks I have Achilles tendontis since my pain is above heel & below calf. I'm so confused. I'm not sure if i Should stretch now. I can hop on my foot, but when I started cardio again, hopping and kicking big heavy bag, my pain (in that one area) is EXCRUTIATING, intermittent pain. Ice doesn't really help, & he put me back on Naprocyn & trying a steroid, 7 day dose, prednisone.I have been treating for bulging disc & drying up disc, thinking it was a nerve impingement at that area of my leg.. My back doesn't hurt at all. He doesn't think the disc issues are causing that severe pain. He told me MRI shows nothing severe, so he came to the new diagnosis. Any thoughts? Can this leg pain be from the nerve? I am so discouraged! I've been doing all these stretches for spine issues, & now I'm not supposed to stretch!

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Old 12-27-2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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Re: Dr changed treatment plan! Please read!

I have had leg issues for years. The symptoms have ranged from severe numbness; pins & needles; pain; loss of balance issues; severe cramping in upper leg area are the main symptoms that I have.

In my case the problem is partially due to spine issues and some because of my diabetes. Yes I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy.

One thing you did not mention in your post what type of doctor are you treating with? You mention an MRI but are you seeing an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. If not I suggest you see one so he/she can determine if your issues are spinal in nature or not. And be sure that whoever you do use is trained in spine issues. Good luck in finding the answer to your problems.

 
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:58 AM   #3
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Re: Dr changed treatment plan! Please read!

It is a bit unusual to have a spinal nerve compression that results in such a localized pain. It can cause leg pain without the person experiencing back pain, but the more typical pain runs down the leg.

It sounds like you have an intense exercise routine. Is this a typical routine for you? I trust you are resting from intense exercise while taking the prednisone....If you get results from it, I would suggest you take your MRI to a spine specialist, either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon for an evaluation.

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Old 12-27-2012, 11:27 PM   #4
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Re: Dr changed treatment plan! Please read!

[QUOTE=teteri66;5109312]It is a bit unusual to have a spinal nerve compression that results in such a localized pain. It can cause leg pain without the person experiencing back pain, but the more typical pain runs down the leg.

It sounds like you have an intense exercise routine. Is this a typical routine for you? I trust you are resting from intense exercise while taking the prednisone....If you get now results from it, I would suggest you take your MRI to a spine specialist, either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon for an evaluation.[/QUOTE]

Thank you, and right now, I see GP, but I have appointment with Neuro surgeon/spine specialist. I think he hit the nail on the head with this diagnosis, and since I was stretching and not really treating the ankle, I was making it worse. So now when I think back to the specific stretches, & adjustments the chiro & pt had me doing for my disc issue, I realize all these things were causing the tendon to get worse. Bummer, but hopefully this treatment will help, and the spine doc can confirm I'm treating correct condition. Thanks again!

 
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