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Weekness and Muscle pain!!!!

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  • Posted By: Janatee
  • January 13, 2008
  • 09:56 PM

:confused: Hello All. New at this Board, and sure hope someone can help me on the right path. I'll try to make this story short and to the point, so I don't put you to sleep . 1997..left leg started to get heavy when walking, started stumbling. Could not pick up leg right.. MRI's, nerve conduction, other test...MS ruled out. Neuro suggest: Decompressive Lumbar Laminectomy (2003). Disc pushing into the spinal cord. Pie shape disc removal, and calcification removed.. No fusion. No rods, screws or plates. After that, walked good, but leg never felt normal. The weakness and muscle pain was always there..Doc said 50/50 its nerve damage...and might not get better... Got worse, had to walk with cane. Could not stand for long periods of time, let alone do all the normal things around the house. NOW...Aug. 2007 Cervical 4 level discectomy and corepectomy done..Screws and plates and cage with own bone... Doc said neck was "bad". Done this to prevent future wheel chair! Spent 2 months, 5 days and 6 hours in an Aspen Collar.. Survived. Started walking each day , little by little, first with walker, then cane, then with nothing, and was doing really well. After one month, left leg back to the way it was, AND now the right leg. Symptoms: heaviness, in left leg. Right and left leg, muscle soreness and weakness. Pain when walking. Walk like I have one leg shorter then the other??? Left upper inner thigh hurts really bad when I try to sit and put on my sock and shoe. Sometimes get up in the night to go to the bathroom, and have to wait for 3-4 seconds while the left leg has a spasm, and dances on its own. Then getting up from the toilet, the left foot will actually turn inward in a spasm. Have to wait for it to straighten out...Doctor of 2nd operation, said nothing is pressing on my spinal cord now, and that I will have up and down days with my legs... If they do not get better with in 2 years, they don't think they will... Very upset! I was so hoping this was going to get better, but maybe I'm rushing.. 8 years I did not walk correctly, I had a swing out kind of gait. That is GONE now. Thank the Lord, but I now have the good leg going down hill. If I do anything in the house (like housework) or walk outside, up and down the stairs, I hurt so bad the NEXT DAY. I just had more blood work, need to get the results, and I really try to keep my potassium up. I have another visit coming up with the Neuro for some more answers... I just keep hoping in time this will work out. Once in awhile, the way I lay on the bed to sleep, I can FEEL MY FOOT AND TOES ON THE LEFT LEG just like normal. So I think there is hope, because something is getting through. I should have said that my left foot is mostly numb all the time, and it feels like it is swollen on the inside. I know that seems weird, but that is the only way I can describe it??? Anyone out there with any of these problems, or can give me some good advice, would really like to hear from you... Thanks. Janatee:(

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  • Sorry to hear about your troubles. Where do you live? How old are you? In '97 did you have any kind of trauma or accident or injury that you can remember? Have you considered acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help you? Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 13, 2008
    • 10:10 PM
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  • Hi Acuann, Thanks for the reply. I did have a trauma. I fell out of my tub in the year 1990. This was the start of all of it, we believe. I have not seen any other health care doctors yet, but I do have an appointment January 21. I have been doing some research here on the boards, and I do see people mentioning Calcium and Magnesium. I just bought a bottle and have started. I know, when my Potassium was low, after blood work check, once I started to eat bananas and OJ. things turned around. So, we shall see with these vitamins. Can't hurt. I know they are related to a lot of muscles problems. This could be part of my problem. I'm 53 years old, and feel like 90. I'm sure there are 90 year olds who feel like they are 20!!! I got to get back to feeling better... I'm too young for this. Take care. Janatee
    Janatee 1 Replies
    • January 14, 2008
    • 00:17 AM
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