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Yeah, it was just under 4 hours. Are you concerned that he is right about the reason because... why? You know me by now, Teri. I'll take any statement and run paranoid with it. Am I in danger if there is some other reason for the damage? If it's from the nerve root, could things turn out differently?

To be fair about the EMG: I didn't post the impression of the doctor who performed it:

"There is electrodiagnostic evidence of a bilateral Peroneal neuropathy at the knee. Patient has good recruitment, therefore prognosis is good. I do recommend a repeat electrodiagnostic evaluation in two months."

Does that help in the evaluation of the EMG?

I made a mistake in my original post: The neurosurgeon is referring me to a neurologist outside of his practice (not another neurosurgeon) to check out the reason I can't walk on my left heel. I'm hoping that he will be a fresh eye on this and able to spend some time explaining the numbness and neuropathy I'm feeling in my right leg, in addition to giving me his advice about the foot drop and heel issue. By the way, don't you think that the foot drop and my inablility to heel walk are related? Are most folks with foot drop able to walk on their heel? If I could raise and keep up the toes on that foot, I think heel-walking would be a breeze. Speaking of toes, I sure hope that as the peroneal nerve improves, the pain I have when something rubs against my toes on that right foot goes away. I may have to get a note from my doctor explaining why I have to wear sandals and/or flip-flops and expose my ugly man-feet every day at work. We are near the beach and are a pretty relaxed school, but I felt strange wearing them the final two months this past school year. Now the neuropathy is in all five toes and (to a much lesser degree) on the ball and right side of the foot. Just another thing that I'd like to see clear up in the next four or five weeks.

I'm also going to be able to talk to my pain management guy about this stuff. He is anxiuos to see my EMG, so much so that he told me to stop by this week when I could and he would take me in right then to talk for a few minutes. His head nurse, who I've become pretty good friends with over the past 6 years, is also really curious about the test. They both are really disappointed in the way things have gone, particularly since they recommended the surgeon to me. They've gone way beyond the call of duty when it has come to listening to me and prescribing the medications that are best for me.

I also thought I'd mention this: My surgeon was amazed at how well I'm able to walk and move around. If it weren't for this foot drop, I think I could go for a couple of miles. My stamina is returning quickly and the pain, though present in a vicious way at times, seems to be waning just a bit. I know that I need to be wary of overestimating my ability, so don't worry. I'm following the advice of my doctor and PT to the letter. I don't want to take any chances. I also told my surgeon that I had decided not to take the naprosyn he gave me at the last visit. He said that was OK and that I don't need to take it now.

Best wishes to your aunt. It would be great to hear a success story, especially from a stroke victim. Strokes can be nasty, but I've seen some folks recover so nicely that the therapy gets them in better shape than before the stroke. I hope things go fantastically well.





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