Hey everyone, I’m new to the site and have just joined up. I’ve been having problems since mid August time when I went abroad on holiday and sustained a bad injury playing football (Ruptured achilles). The achilles has long since healed but since the accident I have not been able to move my foot or toes in my left leg and have a confirmed diagnosis of drop foot. The doctors were perplexed and have told me this is related to nerve damage and that it can in no way be related to my accident.
Nearly three months on, I still have numbness and tingling in my foot but no motor function at all. I have had an MRI scan of my spine which was clear and nerve conduction tests showed the peroneal nerve in my left leg was conducting right into my foot but that the conduction was ‘weak’. I got these results on Friday last week and I now also have a little numbness and tingling in a secondary site in the fingertips of my left hand although motor function is currently unaffected. The hospital consultant examined my arm and advised i also have a global weakness in my arm and that it may be linked to the weakness im experiencing in my left leg. Unfortunately, the drop foot was also confirmed as being permanent with no chance of recovery.
It was at this point he enquired if there was any history of MS in my family (which there isn’t) but he explained the weakness could be attributable to a neve disease and a stripping of the myelin sheath around the nerves. I am now being referred to a neurologist for a full brain scan and further tests but am really worried after he mentioned MS as being a possibility. Is it possible to diagnose such a serious illness with just numbness and tingling as symptoms? Im still not convinced my drop foot has no link to the achilles injury I sustained but the doctors are adamant that it cannot be linked in any way and that the nerve issues im experiencing are a totally separate issue.
Does anyone have any similar experiences they’d like to share? Im obviously very worried and just the thought i could be diagnosed with MS is causing me a lot of anxiety. Any help or advice would be gratefully received.