Re: THR and dropfoot
Hi again Gimp123, thanks for the caring/understanding reply. So good to be in contact with people who know what foot drop does to a person. The loss of my stability is most frightening, so easy to be thrown off balance. I'm sure you and others here understand. Very true, we have to concentrate, not let our mind wander while walking; or should I say limping. From what I understand, all THR patients limp for a period of time. Of course I have no way of knowing if my limp is the drop foot, or THR. The new, soft AFO that wraps around the ankle is such a huge improvement over the hard plastic divice fitting into the shoe. Well worth the extra cost...................
Thanks for the advice on the PT exercises. I've been extremely faithful to them and adding ankle rotations, picking marble up with my toes, standing on my toes and trying to rock back on my heels as I come down. All kinda pathetic on my part, but I'm trying. These particular exercises cause extra pain, usually growing worse later in the day. Yet I'm trying my best to keep my calf/leg muscles from deteriorating. I have nerve pain and still taking pain meds late in the day plus the Neurontin; thank God for an understanding surgeon.
I only use the walking cane during the night. Neurontin and being sleepy have made me more dizzy. It would be easy to rely on a cane full time for the security, but I've weaned myself away.
I so agree about the EMG test, it is no fun even with pain meds. Thinking at some point I'll have a second one done and plan on taking something like Xanex beforehand as well. The needle behind my knee was the worst.
Very encouraging about your tendon transfer, it sounds like all went well. It couldn't have been an easy decision to make. Surgery of all kinds is extremely frightening. Sorry about your pain, and hopeful in time it will fade. Thinking I read your Sciatic nerve was severed?