About 2 months ago, I had a pretty severe backpain accompanied by pain in certain areas in one leg. MRI showed a badly ruptured L5/S1 disc. None of the oral pain medications worked, PT made it slightly worse and I was sleepless for many nights. Finally, I was given an injection in the back, which worked like a magic. Now it has been 2 weeks of pain-free nights.
However, I notice substantial weakness in my calf muscle in the affected leg, along with some numbness along the side of the feet. I can stand on my toes, but cannot walk on tippy toes. I am walking with a small limp and running is out of question. Based on what I could learn from internet, this is a classic S1 nerve compression. I brought this up with my neurosurgeon and asked him if surgery needed to be done before weakness became permanent. He tested strength (or resistance) by pushing against the toes and legs and said that the weakness is mild. He said surgery may or may not resolve the weakness, but since I am pain free now, there is a good chance I would eventually gain strength. He does not want to operate unless I have foot drop or loss of bladder control or numbness in genitalia.
My question is, does anyone here have gained strength in the calf muscle over time? Does the numbness go away too? Right now, I am doing simple stretching and core-strengthening exercises recommended by my doctor.
I would greatly appreciate if someone could share their experiences (good or bad)
I am a 30 yr old male, physically fit.