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    Old 01-20-2020, 01:13 PM   #1
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    Fusion and foot drop

    I had l3-l5 fused in mid November 2019. The surgery was successful to the extent that my legs and thighs no longer feel heavy and achy, my back pain is essentially gone. However I woke up with foot drop that I didn't have going into the surgery. Two days after my initial surgery I needed a second surgery to remove fluid buildup on my L5 nerve. The numbness and tingling that was from my knee down is slowly getting better and most days just my foot is numb. Surgeon is thinking about taking out the screw that is closest to my L5 nerve at 3 months. Anyone have any experience with anything like this? I'm trying to accept the reality that I will have foot drop for the rest of my life.

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    Old 02-24-2020, 07:04 PM   #2
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    Re: Fusion and foot drop

    HI, I also have foot drop after having back surgery 5 years ago. My left side is weak and I walk with a limp. I do use a cane if doing a lot of walking. I went to physical therapy and that did help strengthen my leg and foot but I will never be the same.
    I found an exercise DVD called Yoga for the Rest of Us, and it helps me with trying to keep my leg and food stronger.
    It is a big adjustment that is for sure. I used to love to walk and now I am in pain if I walk too far. On the other hand, I can walk so I feel that there are a lot of people much worse off then me and I have to be thankful for what I can do. It is not easy though, I long to do the things I once did, but the reality is, never will be like that again.I'm sorry you are also having this problem, but try and strengthen your legs as much as possible so that moving around is not so painful. I hope this was helpful, you are not alone.

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