HELLO THERE. Highly appreciate the site as it provides some vcery good insight to my ongoing back problems.
The lumbar veterbra are normally aligned. No Fracture or dislocation. No Compression deformities are seen. The conus Medullaris is normal. There are Schmorl's nodes at the superior endplates of the l4 and l3 veterbral bodies and at the inferior endplate of the l3 veterbral body.
At the l4-5. there is a large central disc herniation with an extruded 17mm (seems large) subligamentous disc fragment extending superiorly, dorsal to the l4 veterbral body. There is distorion of the left ventrolateral aspect of the dural sac with impinging on the left l4 nerve root.
At l5-s1, there is a small central disc herniation w/out significant stenosis or foraminal narrowing.
L4-5 large central disc herniation with an extruded fragment with extending superiorly, dorsal to the l4 distorting the dural sac on the left and impinging of the left l4 nerve.
My pain leve is about 1 (out of 10).
-My major concern is how long my (front) calf will be numb. It's been approx. 5-6weeks. Also my hip/left leg is weaker as I walk up hills/steps. Somtimes it buckles. Sometimes i still get a slight burning sensation is my lower left back.
My concern is whether my feeling will ever come back to my calf. And/or whether i've experienced/experiencing/undergoing nerve damage with is evidence from the continued left front calf numbness.
Hope someone can provide add'l feedback/insight/advise. Ultimately, will i need surgery?