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Offline Durden

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Nerve damage/instant recovery??? what the heck
« on: July 28, 2005, 12:53:40 AM »
ive had 2 surgeries so far for a knee dislocation that tore my lcl, mcl, meniscus, acl/pcl.  after the second surgery i lost complete muscular control in my foot (what they call a footdrop).  apparently the dislocation caused damage to the peroneal nerve and it shut off...permanently i guess.  i went to the mayo clinic 2 weeks back and they said only 10% of people recover from peroneal nerve damage and that it takes them 1-2 years for the return of lost functions.  well, i dont know what the heck is going on, but last night all of a sudden i was able to move my foot in all directions, albeit very VERY weakly, but the nerve seems to have turned back on.  how is this explained?  has this happened to anyone else with peroneal nerve damage through dislocation/surgeries? 
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Re: Nerve damage/instant recovery??? what the heck
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2005, 09:33:08 AM »
No idea but I am SOOOOOOOOO happy for you. Get on to the specialist to let them know what's happened and jump for joy (not literally, just imagine it)

The only yhing I can think of is that the nerve got trapped and has just been released. Even if it gets trapped again that's excellent news. I guess you are one of the damn lucky(or unlucky because it happebed in the first place) 10%.


Keep smiling and get some advice on what to do with the leg now. I guess you'll need to be majorly careful because it will be very weak.

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ACL rupture
loose body under kneecap
impaction fractures
injury 19th march 2005
scope 9th may
recon 24th october 05

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Re: Nerve damage/instant recovery??? what the heck
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2005, 08:37:58 PM »
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! ;D
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Re: Nerve damage/instant recovery??? what the heck
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2005, 10:28:46 PM »
Durden,    This is amazing news.   (I have tears in my eyes for you) You are the first person I've heard that has recovered from their foot drop.  Whatever you did can you tell me?   LOL     Im sure that as times go by your foot will become stronger.

Best wishes,
Cindy
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HEART ATTACK  7/03
Disclocated knee, torn ACL/PCL/LCL, broken fibula, peroneal nerve damage a.k.a. foot drop
no surgery due to heart attack  
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Re: Nerve damage/instant recovery??? what the heck
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2005, 12:56:20 AM »
thanks for all the encouragement everyone! 

i still have the foot drop problem majorly, but the muscles are working again - too weakly to move the foot at all, but the flex to some extent.

i heard that B vitamins are supposed to be good for the nervous system in general, so i took some of them, and i have been biking and trying to bend the hell out of my knee lately.  i dont know if that was one of the causes for the nerves to turn back on...  also, if you believe in it, i really do think that God answers prayers...

something weird happened today in pt.  those little electrostimulation pads did nothing even on their strongest setting with the paralyzed muscles...even though i can move them slightly.  i dont get it...

anyway, i'll write again when there is noticeable improvement in the nerve...  quick question...can a nerve shut back down for no reason as quick as it comes back to life?  i want to be sure i dont do something that could cause everything to go back to the way it was...(well, it still is that way...but...yeah)
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Re: Nerve damage/instant recovery??? what the heck
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2005, 02:49:18 AM »
Durden,

A number of years ago I fell and brused the Peroneal nerve.  You guessed it I had foot drop.  I sprained my ankle at the same time so I was in a cast for about 2 months.  Then I started PT.  It took me about 6 months of PT to get back to walking normally.  I still don't have the control I would like when I'm tired but it's so much better than it could be.

Work hard, it is possible to recover.

HUGs

Rozzzie
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93 scrambled ankle - PE
98 PE
99 anlke fusion
04 hit by car broken leg, ribs AC joint seperation
RTKR  Dec 1 2005
LTKR. IM rod removal March 16, 2006

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Re: Nerve damage/instant recovery??? what the heck
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2005, 08:27:48 PM »
Durden,

I am delighted to hear of someone who has had a dislocation like mine own begin to recover movement.  I had ACL/PCL, Medial Meniscus rupture and removal. I recently had Posterior Corner reconstruction and had footdrop due to the peroneal nerve trauma of some sort.  The doc said he could see the nerve in place before closing the surgery...who knows.  A little good news REALLY brightens up my day ;)

Keep working at it!

Annie
2/05 Dislocated rt knee in fall
3/11 ACL/PCL, medial meniscus rupture removed
7/11 Posterior Corner Reconstruction, post op foot drop, ACL disintegrated.
Regain motion in right foot
2/06 Medial Collateral reconstruction---3/24 Failed
5/12 ACL MCL reconstruction (second round for both)

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Re: Nerve damage/instant recovery??? what the heck
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2006, 05:19:28 PM »
I had two total knee replacements at the same time - five weeks ago.The right knee results are perfect. The left knee is a diferent story. I have foot drop and pain under the knee (on the outsiide).
What advice do you have for me.
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