Good Morning Renee,
Ross here. If you’ve attempted that stretch and can’t do it, are you able to stand? If so, try this. Stand two to three feet from a wall. Your feet should be parallel and spread apart the same distance as your shoulders. Place your hands on the wall directly in front of your shoulders, Lean forward, using your arms to support you. If this is too much for the ‘bad’ leg, move the ‘bad’ leg forward and stretch the good leg. This will stretch the back of the leg from tush to heel, the hamstrings and the achilles tendon and its attachments.
You’ve probably already said this and I’ve forgotten. Have you had cortisone injected into the inflamed area to cool down the nerve? In addition, a neurologist on the Charlie Rose show described persistent, long term pain as a disease in and of itself. The pain receptors in the brain become highly sensitized to to pain signals. This sensitivity can be reduced, and the pain reduced by taking the medication Lyrica or a similar medication. I’m hoping to have it prescribed for ongoing pain from Fibromyalgia and Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
You might also try going to the NIH website to see if there are any clinical trials for the control of pain for which you might qualify and that are in your geographic area.
I’m off to my garden. It’s in the 40’s and so cool enough that in shorts and a tee-shirt I won’t overheat. Since the meningitis, my thermostat, probably the hypothalamus, doesn’t work. It drives my neighbors crazy to see me out dressed as if it were summer and they’re all cold in jackets and gloves. I’m hoping to get a diagnosis and treatment soon because summer’s a real bear to endure.
Take care and talk to you later,