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Foot drop and twitches

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 14, 2010
  • 02:06 PM

I am a 47 y/o female with DDD, Spinal Stenosis, 2 herniated lumbar discs L1-L5/S1, and have had 2 surgeries. One a Lamenectomy (L1/S1) and one a nerve root repair/debridment to repair damage done from the first surgery. Between the first and second surgeries, I woke up from a nap to find my foot and calf numb. Couldn't move it. Eventually found out I had foot drop.

Now, my question is...this was all close to 10 years ago. Ever since I have had sometimes severe muscle twitches and cramps in my toes, calf, top of my foot, heel, etc. It keeps me up at night, and is very distracting and sometimes painful. I asked around (a few friends who probably don't know lol) and they said it could be the nerve either mis-firing, or trying to regrow. My neurosurgeon says that if I haven't gotten anything back within the first year after damage, I won't. He says it's the nerve randomly firing with no real purpose. My question is two-fold. One, what is it? I mean, why does it do this and especially at night? And two, what can I do about it? Please tell me there is something that can be done..


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