Re: Help needed..... Dear Friends
I read your post as your situation is like mine.
I had all your symptoms then awoke unable to lift toes and got drop foot overnight. Had to have microdiskectomy ten days later to remove fragment from nerve so Ic ould walk again. Was dragging foot behind me like stroke victim.
I knew I had a disk fragment on my nerve per MRI but wanted to do everything but surgery (walk, acupuncture etc) and wait to heal.
I am now 9 mons post op from microdiskectomy and still have some drop foot and lots of leg pain. But after op I could lift toes again.
I have a much longer recovery, 3 years for nerve to grow back (grows about one inch a month), if I even recover, all because I put off surgery. My nerve sheath was punctured. The disk fragment was resting right on the nerve for who knows how many months. I had back pain for 2 years prior, then another six months before surgery.
I assume your doctor asks if you can lift those toes or not. If you can't, it's serious. that seems to be their little test.
I will tell you that just before I got drop foot, I noticed a weakness in my leg. I also had a lumbar block cortisone injection via xray and got drop foot 5 days later, so it could be due to the shot.
You need to watch that leg/foot pain and weakness. If I'd known how serious it could get, I'd have had surgery long before. I would not have waited til I couldnj't lift my toes. When I got leg weakness, or even increased leg pain, i wish I'd done surgery.
My back pain was real bad. I could only lay on my side. Everything caused pain.
That's my two cents. I may now be permanently disabled in t he leg/foot. I still cannot sit due to stabbing pain in the tail bone area and its 9 mons since surgery. I limp and have horrible leg/foot/toe pain that is unbearable. I am stuck at home basically disabled.
I would be asking my doctor a lot of questions...this forum is good. I don't mena to scare you, but I sure wish I'd known then what I know now.
I hope others on here chime in. YOU NEED TO RESEARCH!!!!!