Foot numbness after steroid injection

Right after your foot and ankle surgery, you may experience more pain than before the surgery and it may be harder to do things. It will take time to recover from your surgery so you need to be prepared to take time off from your regular activities. For example, you will probably need to take time off from work and you might need someone to help you with cooking, cleaning, or to driving to medical visits. Depending on which foot is being operated on, you might not be able to drive for many weeks after your surgery. All of these things can make having foot surgery a challenge (the ‘hassle’ of having foot surgery).

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I have moderately severe peripheral neuropathy, symmetrical, in both sets of toes and the balls of my feet. I am not diabetic. I have never had chemotherapy or radiation. The sensation worsens with lace-up shoes. At night, it can be very distracting, and even keep me awake. The sensation is constant, but when walking or deep in conversation or making music I can ignore it. I have had 3 spinal surgeries: In 2001, a brutal anterior lumbar fusion at L4-5 to relieve spondylolisthesis; in 2014, a much gentler fusion at L3-4 to relieve sever stenosis and remove what little was left of the disc between them, and replace the stabilizing hardware at L4-5 with new stabilizing hardware at L3-4; and in July 2015, a very gentle surgery at L2-3 to remove a ruptured disc at L2-3 and clear out arthritic growths. I have a deteriorating neck, thoracic spine, bad shoulders, elbows and knees, and my pain-management doc says he doesn’t understand how I function. However, I do, and quite well. I do housework (no bending, lifting –over 5 lbs –or twisting allowed), laundry, cooking, dishwashing, playing the guitar, singing, playing the electronic keyboard, walking on the treadmill and up and down multiple flights of stairs daily. I’m 5’3″ tall and weigh a little under 97 lbs. I have no visible fat. Veins, tendons, musculature and skeleton are all visible. I have tons of energy, eat about 3 times the amount supposedly suitable for my size, have a BMI of something like 16 – 17, burn up all the food I eat, am interested in absolutely everything, and find unmedicated sleep completely out of reach. I’ve seen multiple doctors, but none has been able, or willing, to address the neuropathy seriously. The only diagnosis has been “nerve damage.” I do have extensive osteoarthritis, but fibromyalgia has been ruled out, and through vitamins and OTC hormone cream I’ve reversed the DEX reading from -4 to normal, with osteopoenia of the right hip. I’ve falled hard 3 times since surgery in 2014, and my left hip has taken the beating. Nothing broke. I’ll be 70 in a few years. I was athletic in my youth, but lead a pretty gentle life now. I recently went through a series of traumatic medical crises, caused primarily by well-intentioned but foolish medical interventions. I am allergic to a long list of medications, including calcium channel blockers (BP meds, cause high BP, panic attacks and then seizure), gabapentin (shuts down my kidneys), Fosamax (causes extreme pain and the beginning of jaw necrosis), Ambien and Lunesta (send me into deep depression and hysteria), Reglan (mimics seizure), and all OTC anti-allergins (cause reasonably mild allergic reaction of extreme itching). I’m tired of being ignored on this issue. It doesn’t appear from any of the posts on this blog that anyone in a similar situation has been able to get relief. Am I wrong?

Yes, I still have numb spots on the side of my foot and outside of my thigh 15 years later from sciatica. Herniated disc surgery a year after the initial severe sciatica episode did not bring back the full sensation. I’m still not sure if a herniated disc was really the problem (in which case if I had had surgery much sooner the nerve damage may not have been permanent) or if it was actually a piriformis problem. The orthopedist I saw was of the “suck it up, take some ibuprofen and don’t lay around in bed” school. That’s not always bad advice, since most episodes of back pain and sciatica do resolve on their own, but you really do need to advocate for yourself if you have long-term sciatic pain or numbness, and keep pushing your doctor for options.

Foot numbness after steroid injection

foot numbness after steroid injection

Yes, I still have numb spots on the side of my foot and outside of my thigh 15 years later from sciatica. Herniated disc surgery a year after the initial severe sciatica episode did not bring back the full sensation. I’m still not sure if a herniated disc was really the problem (in which case if I had had surgery much sooner the nerve damage may not have been permanent) or if it was actually a piriformis problem. The orthopedist I saw was of the “suck it up, take some ibuprofen and don’t lay around in bed” school. That’s not always bad advice, since most episodes of back pain and sciatica do resolve on their own, but you really do need to advocate for yourself if you have long-term sciatic pain or numbness, and keep pushing your doctor for options.

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