Hi all, first post on this forum! A bit of history...
- January 2015: Injured playing rugby. Conservative treatment failed
- February 2016: Left-sided Microdiscectomy L5-S1. Return to full physical activity.
- March 2018: Major disc blowout (cause unknown) L5-S1 with foot drop and numbness in calf and foot
- May 2018: Redo Left-sided Microdiscectomy L5-S1
The second operation was a success after the first one failed after a year - I've returned to contact sports (football, not rugby!) after a lengthy physical recovery programm and I'm generally fit and active.
However, more recently, I've been having constant fasciculations (muscle twitching) in my left calf which sometimes spreads up to my hamstrings. I can be sat at work, or watching TV and I can physically see my calf moving under the skin! (which is quite strange, but strangely hypnotic!) I'm a positive person and I've simply ignored them for a while - my attitude is, that they are definitely preferable to weakness or the agony I was in before my redo surgery!
Unfortunately though, they are getting to the point where they are affecting my everyday life. I'm struggling to concentrate in work meetings, and there's no way I can go to the cinema with my wife and sit through a film. I'm finding it difficult to sleep, because my calf is twitching terribly.
I'm confused as to why this is happening, almost a year and a half on! I've been back to my surgeon, who performed an MRI - which was all clear and showed no recurrence of the herniation.
Could this be a symptom of permanent nerve damage? Will I have to live with this forever, or will it fade gradually? Or could it potentially be nerve regeneration, which is causing the muscle fibres to 'fire'? (I appreciate that it's well over a year since my surgery, so this theory is unlikely)...
Anyone with any insight on this would be great - or just to hear from someone with similar symptoms to reassure me that I'm not the only one!
Thanks in advance,