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    Old 08-05-2013, 05:56 AM   #1
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    Radiculopathy

    I was diagnosed in early May with herniated discs and associated radiculopathy. The initial onset was acute and no obvious cause. I was in a wheelchair on and off for the first month. I also have a plantar plate tear in my right foot (again, no known cause) and this is worsening. I am discussing surgery for this with orthopaedic surgeon. Doc put me on lyrica which has helped with the nerve pain. But what i wanted to ask others who might have experienced this problem is do you find it exhausting? I mean, 20 mins on my feet and I am needing to rest. Admittedly I do have a two issues going on. Both the radiculopathy and the foot which means I can't properly weight bare on my right foot. I am finding myself getting quite depressed about the whole thing. Trying to keep working cause I need the money and suspect I am going to need a lengthy period of time off for surgery. I could think that the depression is a side-effect from the medication but the reality is I have not been able to live a normal life now for over 3 months and have lots of mobility restrictions. How does everyone else cope? Dose up on major painkillers and just keep pushing through the day? There doesn't seem to be any easy solutions to this problem.

     
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    Old 08-05-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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    Re: Radiculopathy

    Welcome to the board. Sorry you are going through this, and hope you can find some relief soon. One thing you will find is the foot, ankle, knee, hip pain are often associated with some sort of lumbar problem. They are interconnected, and when one develops problems, it often has an effect on the whole structural alignment.

    I am assuming that your problems are in the lumbar discs and that you have pain running down the leg, probably buttock, etc. Would that be correct? I think radiculopathy is tiring because one uses the back/spine all the time. Very seldom does one get a break from the pain. I know I had sciatic pain for about six years before it resolved. Before my first surgery I couldn't stand longer than about a minute or two at a time, and my walking was severely curtailed.

    Depending on your pain, you might want to try it without taking a lot of pain medication. If you have nerve pain, you may find that you don't feel much different on or off the pain meds, and they may be causing some depression. Sometimes some types of anti-depressive medication work well as they address both issues -- pain and depression. I would discuss this with your spine surgeon.

    There are no easy solutions for spine issues and there are no guarantees, particularly with spine surgery. Don't ever let someone tell you any spine surgery is "easy" or tell you the results are a guaranteed outcome. There is no such thing.

    I think different people deal with the whole situation differently. I think it helps to have an understanding that there are no easy fixes so it helps to have patience.

    I'm currently travelling and my time isn't my own...and I need to go for now. I have a few more thoughts I will share in the near future.

    How long have you had the foot problem? Do you were orthotics? Do you over pronate?

     
    Old 08-06-2013, 03:50 AM   #3
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    Thanks for your comments. The foot problem has been around for about 18 months. Initially diagnosed with an inflammed bursa, I thought the same problem had recurred. But i have been found to have an extensive plantar plate tear. I have been wearing orthotics for over a year. And now I can only wear one pair of shoes with the orthotics in order to at least be able to weight bare somewhat. Bare foot is shocking. The toes have become quite deformed. I am being treated for an underlying auto-immune condition also. My orthopaedic surgeon is convinced that is contributing to the soft tissue damage that has occurred. I have a fairly colourful 2 year history of soft tissue damage of no known cause. I am 43 and do not play any sports although have been reasonably active. Swimming is my choice of exercise and always has been. I will talk to my doc about anti-depressants. Just waiting to see neurosurgeon on Thursday to see what is recommended regarding my back. Yes, the problem is lumbar radiculopathy exactly as you described. Quite a lot of groin pain also. Conservative treatments have helped with the acute phase but there has really been no further improvement in 2 months.

     
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