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Foot Drop Mid 40’s Male

QuinntheEskimo Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi, Hello!

I was diagnosed on first visit to my GP with Foot Drop. They referred me to my local hospital where, 2 MRIs later, they have ascertained my condition is not connected to spinal or bone pressure on a nerve and now I’m joining a waiting list for Neurological examination.

 It appears this is not good news as it might be easy to fix a spinal problem but if a nerve has just stopped working there maybe no cure. I say appears as it’s been difficult getting clear info from the various people I’ve spoken to during this 4 month process.

I’ve reviewed a few existing posts on the subject here and have to say I have no pain at all unlike other posters. Rather I have a numbness spreading from my right knee down. I have not escaped the tripping over unfortunately!

Today my GP told me it will be months before I get seen by neurological specialists and they might eventually discover it’s not curable. 

Again it’s been hard getting and understanding info from the drs I’ve interacted with so above is all my best attempt at a conclusion. Drs have openly admitted this condition “falls between two stools” as there is no department with sole responsibility for diagnosis & treatment.

So, I have painless Dropped right foot with numbness and I’d be really grateful if anyone has experience to share of the same and ideally a route to recovery. 

Thank you in advance and sending power to all my fellow foot drop sufferers!

Eskimo Quinn


  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,877 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @QuinntheEskimo welcome to scopes forum, I don't have your condition  but some other member might. Hopefully you don't wait too long before you see someone at the Hospital. I understand it is frustrating for you, the wait and getting answers.
  • SleepyAmanda
    SleepyAmanda Community member Posts: 1 Listener
    Hi QuinntheEskimo,

    Don't worry. I had the same when I was in my 30s. I noticed myself tripping up a lot, always on the same foot, and then discovered I couldn't lift that ankle. After going to the GP I, too, was sent for a neuro assessment, which was inconclusive and put on a waiting list for MRI. From my GP's attitude and the hurried neuro appointment, I was made to think it was serious, and then to be told I needed to wait months for a MRI was very ambiguous. At the time I was very worried by the apparent mixed messages from medics. However, over the following 3 to 6 months it gradually got better all on its own. I never received an appointment for an MRI, and when it had recovered I rang the hospital and removed myself from the waiting list.

    I do think that doctors are sometimes guilty of not considering how the messages they give make patients feel, and how distressing it is when the messages are conflicting. I just wanted to let you know that these things sometimes clear up on their own, and never come back. While your condition may not be the same, I hope a less scary message might help you cope with the not knowing.
  • wol139
    wol139 Community member Posts: 22 Listener
    I get foot drop with suspected hsp. It’s a very odd feeling. 🙈🤞


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