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How long do I got? (Before possible permanent weakness)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Thought I'd ask this here.. seems an appropriate forum...

30 days ago now I herniated a disc.. L4/L5... now the pain is "mostly" subsided.. but I have to walk slow and careful due to a fair amount of muscle weakness in my left leg.

I cannot lift my foot.. and cannot stand on my tippy toes with that leg.. and pretty numb on the left side all the way to my toes.

My Question:

I have a surgeon appt in 21 days.

That mean 51 days TOTAL. Am I safe from permanent nerve damage? Or is it too late already?

So darn hard finding answers... and surgeon was 5 weeks out when i made the appt. Doing PT currently.


  • My symptoms - normally subside, to a point where surgery is not considered.

    If you are maintaining control of urine and bowels, they normally do not rush this. It does become that when those 2 issues are involved

    My problems are at L3-L4 and L4-L5, Cervical as well, but less so. If it just pain, and subsiding, they are more likely to be very conservative in their approach. Foot drop, normally stops at some point afterwards.

  • I had surgery (microdiscectomy) and was told that typically the dr's will try conservative treatment for about 3 months and if no response, they want to take action in 4. The studies claim permanent damage is somewhere between month 4 and 10.

    That being said, I am 7 weeks post op and still have weakness and numbness but I had some nerve damage so they told me it will take time for the nerve to wake back up.
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