I am 41 years old and I had back pain over the years but nothing to seek medical care for. Last Friday out of nowhere I started having icreased pain in my back and it travelled to my right leg. Saturday morning while driving I had to pull over several times since the pain was so intense (after 3 advils and muscle relaxer that I took). Saturday was a very painful day, I even cried. On Sunday I had very little pain but I noticed that my right foot is weak. This freaked me out more than the pain itself. I went to see a neurologist on Monday and he did a lumbar MRI the same day since I had a partial foot drop. The MRI showed moderate disc protrusion at L4-L5. I was prescribed steroids and a course of physical therapy.
Today I feel almost no pain but my foot is still weak.
A couple of questions - why is the foot weakness still there even after the pain subsided almost completely
Can a moderate disc protrusion cause a foot weakness?
Is it reversible?
Any input is great appreciated