This is my first post. This is a great forum!
I need advice on whether I should go in for surgery or not.
I had severe leg pain for 3 months (aug/sept/oct 2008), but the leg pain just went away november (last month). When the pain was there, it was extremely hard to walk on my right leg, even sit. Now I can walk normally, sit etc, but I'm unable to do heel walk on my right leg. The physiatrist I'm seeing says that it is an indication of weakness. I also have a little tingling and numbness at the big toe and first toe. Also, walking for more than 30 minutes seems to hurt the front of my lower leg (shin). The MRI shows a massive L4-L5 disk herniation.
Do I need surgery for these symptoms ? Will the weakness get worse if I don't have it operated on ? Or am I by any chance on the recovery path, in which the sciatic pain was the first to go away, and the weakness and tingling can also improve over the following months ? Would greatly appreciate any advice.