Hi guys, thanks for the input. Near Doc, thanks for yours too.
I've written about a bit about this before. I was assaulted last September and twisted violently which is what started all this. The first 3 weeks were excruciatingly painful and something like sciatica. I couldn't sit down, lie down, or anything else without pain, and then it went away. My calf felt like it had been bludgeoned, but that went away too. I saw a orthopedic specialist who did an MRI and sure enough there was a bulge showing compression on the nerve root. He said it should clear itself in maybe 6 months, in 95% of the all cases. I worked on the elliptical for maybe 5 months and things felt pretty good.
Then in February, while feeling good and exercising proper lifting posture, I tweaked the same area at work and a workmen's comp case was opened, a another MRI was ordered--we just now got around to this MRI and should have the results tomorrow where I expect they will see the same bulge which is hopefully not worse. The EMG report definitely showed poor reflexes due to the nerve root issue and some possibility of tarsal tunnel syndrome.
So here we are now: I am able to run maybe 1.5-2 miles and using the strength in my quads and hamstrings am able to maintain a steady cadence and regular and even footfall, even though I can't feel most of my foot push-off. I run on my toes, so when I land on the ball, the calfs automatically kick in to support the leg without and sense of a power transfer from the ball through the foot and up the heel to the calf, or in other words, I'm running with a leg that feels mostly dead in the foot, but it's not a foot drop. I'm usually sore as hell for a couple days even from these short effort.
Because this is workmen's comp I'm sure a conservative treatment will be elected which is fine with me. I'm not in pain at all. I'm just not able to run which has a definite impact on my weight, not to mention fitness. So my biggest hope, that 1/ 100% recovery is possible; and 2/ that a conservative treatment will get me there. I hope those epidurals will work, and it's encouraging to hear that the nerve is still there and not destroyed. If you can think of anything I should ask the specialist look into, then please let me know and I'll get back to all of you. I will also be very interested to hear of any elites that have recovered completely from something like this--this isn't a career ender is it?