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Subject: RE: loss of coordination in leg
Yes! My wife had no pain and symptoms that can best be described as "loss of leg coordination." At first, when she ran, she noticed that she couldn't always tell where her right foot would land from time to time. A slight foot drag became more prominent. She could run better on soft surfaces but hard surfaces became unmanageable. It got to the point where she couldn't run outside and could run on a treadmill as long as she could hold on to the rails. The foot/leg "dragging" sensation was constant, even while walking (though very slight).
After over 3 years of going to MANY different doctors, a stint with physical therapy, a trip to the Mayo Clinic, and looking online for anything that would make sense, we came across this thread! One year ago we convinced a Sports Med Clinic physician to take a look at the possibility of a hip labrum tear (the other doctors had run tests of the brain, the spine, the legs, the foot, etc...).
The initial visit yielded a guarded response but they did follow the protocol talked about on this thread. The initial xrays (again) of the hip showed nothing, the MRI (again) of the hip showed nothing. However, the cortisone shot in the hip yielded a running improvement - outside (soft surface) for the first time in almost 3 years! That convinced the doctor to proceed with the arthrogram. But that didn't yield clear results of a labral tear (which is talked about on this thread).
This led the doctor to express skepticism about hip labral tear repair surgery. When pressed, he suggested we get a second opinion. The second doctor was more open to the idea of a surgical approach. The return visit with the original doctor was more productive and has lead to the decision to do the surgery because of two main points: (1) the cortisone shot to the hip yielded an improvement so something is going on in the hip and (2) without hip labral tear surgery, the symptoms are not going to change!
The surgery is scheduled for Sept. 19 and we are hoping that the doctor finds the cause for the symptoms in the hip and that the repair is successful. Thanks to all those who posted on this board! Without this information, I am convinced we would be still searching.
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