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I am very interested in your post, as I am experiencing similar issues. My second toe became a mallet toe right after surgery, and that mystery has not yet been solved. My calf is also about two inches smaller, with definite atrophy in it. The bottom of my foot has been mostly numb since surgery, and at first they thought it was related to my Sural nerve bring nicked during the surgery. I had a nerve conduction study with a neurologist in May, but he only tested my foot and ankle.

Now, five months later (and nearly 15 months since my surgery), a second doctor/opinion tested and noted that my entire calf is also numb. I didn't even realize this. So now I'm going back to have a second EMG/nerve conduction study, and the same neurologist will be testing me from the low back all the way down to my feet, both feet, for comparison purposes. I was shocked and surprised when the neurologist said, "Oh, I guess I should have tested you up higher." I was quite upset, but chose not to say anything.

The hard part is that I may have nerve damage from the popliteal block they put in my leg after surgery to manage the pain. I was in a lot of pain, do I needed that and a second saphanenous artery nerve block for 7 days. The neurologist commented last week that if the nerve was nicked and hadn't yet healed, it may never heal. On the other hand, if the anesthesiologist cut the popliteal nerve (by accident, of course), then there is a chance it could be surgically repaired and I might heal over time. My EMG is next week, so I'll see what he finds out. I need to do my best to remain positive, hoping things can still improve.

Please keep me posted as to your progress. I do take Neurontin for nerve pain, which does help. But I'm hoping they find the cause and that it can be repaired. Your foot and calf are like a puzzle they have to solve, and sometimes the answer is not always what we think it may be. Your toe pain concerns me, too. I hope they figure that out as well. I wish you good luck!

K
[QUOTE="Justintime44;5386803"]I am very interested in your post, as I am experiencing similar issues. My second toe became a mallet toe right after surgery, and that mystery has not yet been solved. My calf is also about two inches smaller, with definite atrophy in it. The bottom of my foot has been mostly numb since surgery, and at first they thought it was related to my Sural nerve bring nicked during the surgery. I had a nerve conduction study with a neurologist in May, but he only tested my foot and ankle.

Now, five months later (and nearly 15 months since my surgery), a second doctor/opinion tested and noted that my entire calf is also numb. I didn't even realize this. So now I'm going back to have a second EMG/nerve conduction study, and the same neurologist will be testing me from the low back all the way down to my feet, both feet, for comparison purposes. I was shocked and surprised when the neurologist said, "Oh, I guess I should have tested you up higher." I was quite upset, but chose not to say anything.

The hard part is that I may have nerve damage from the popliteal block they put in my leg after surgery to manage the pain. I was in a lot of pain, do I needed that and a second saphanenous artery nerve block for 7 days. The neurologist commented last week that if the nerve was nicked and hadn't yet healed, it may never heal. On the other hand, if the anesthesiologist cut the popliteal nerve (by accident, of course), then there is a chance it could be surgically repaired and I might heal over time. My EMG is next week, so I'll see what he finds out. I need to do my best to remain positive, hoping things can still improve.

Please keep me posted as to your progress. I do take Neurontin for nerve pain, which does help. But I'm hoping they find the cause and that it can be repaired. Your foot and calf are like a puzzle they have to solve, and sometimes the answer is not always what we think it may be. Your toe pain concerns me, too. I hope they figure that out as well. I wish you good luck!

K[/QUOTE]

Good Evening!

I just wanted to touch base and see how everyone is doing. Did you get your results from the neurologist? I am curious how you came out as I too am having nerve issues and taking neurontin. Mine is from the sural nerve on the outside of the foot. I think I am healing as it use to be the whole length of my foot and now it is only half.

Sending healing thoughts everyone's way!





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