Hi everyone! I am so happy to have found you after years of going through this alone. I haven't found my symptoms any where, the neurologist after a year said " I don't know why it happened, but it could happen to your other leg too", rather cruel of her I think. I have had every test, EMG, catscan, MRI, dye shot into my spine, xrays, etc while I was in solid pain for a year. It, I believe was my sciatica down my left leg. I never had any pain in my back ever. There was no trauma, stroke, disease, etc. I literally was sleeping one night but woke up to a terrible pain in my ankle. It woke me up! In the days ahead my entire leg including butt was in terrible pain. I went to the ER. Nothing. I went to my doctor who sent me to a neurologist for an EMG. That took 3 months to just get that appt. while being in horrible pain every hour of every day and night. I went to PT, I had stims, I had stretches, I did everything and nothing stopped the pain. But I could still walk fine. I also saw a neurosurgeon who said after tests that there was nothing in my spine to operate on, it was fine. My regular doctor every once in awhile would ask me if I had foot drop. No, didn't even know what he was talking about......until many months later my foot started becoming "not my foot" any more. It got to the point I couldn't even move my toes, my ankle/foot was totally paralyzed. I was shocked and still in pain. I got a brace which helped some but it was awkward yet useful. After about a year, the pain started to subside in different parts of my leg and butt cheek. I am guessing that it was about 18 months before I had no pain, but was left with a paralyzed ankle and foot.
My life I knew, I no longer have. I can't walk safely except on an even flat surface. No more walks in the woods, no more walks with the dog, except on pavement, etc. Then came my toes......they started to work again, I got excited, I thought I would get all better....fast forward many more months and found that while sleeping or not standing on my foot, my toes would spring up in the air, only the pressure of standing or walking puts them back down. Now, I believe I have contracture.....when will this end? What the heck happened that night? What can be done?
Sorry..lol.....for the very long hello everyone!!!