I'm kind of new to posting here, but have been reading a LOT of what others have been having to say. This forum has kind of become a mixture of my bible and source of information, hope and inspiration for my microD issues. Sorry for the book, but I wanted to get as much info out on m story as possible for the best possible replies!
I'm a physically fit person, probably considered athlete level of fitness. Before disc issue, I jogged, biked, did duathlon's, played indoor soccer, volleyball, basketball and bowled. Yes, I'm sure that all of those activities probably led to the L5/S1 issue!
I'm one week and one day out from a MicroD on L5/S1 for a prolapsed disc that had been causing severe sciatica in right hip and right calf for about six months.
Woke up from surgery and nearly all pain was gone, probably to be expected because of anesthesia and local pain med during surgery.
Couple of days after surgery I felt really good, very dull and slight pain starting in right hip, and feeling it slightly in right calf, but for the most part, feeling really good.
Fourth day after surgery, felt great laying in bed. Noticed some twitching in my butt muscles, got up out of bed, reached back to flick the sock off my right foot (something I've done since day 1 of the surgery), felt a twinge and the pain flared up immediately in right hip and calf. Very similar to pre-op pain.
Worried about a re-herniation, I scheduled a follow up with my surgeon. I saw him, and he had me to the heel and tip toe walk, and lift the leg while sitting tests. I had full strength in heel and tip to walking. He said he had some minor concern about what happened, but wanted to hold off on another MRI. Said it could be inflammation, scar tissue starting to build up, or possibly a re-herniation. Prescribed prednisone and a follow up appointment in two weeks.
The night of my appointment, I noticed a weird sensation that when I am urinating, my right foot will go numb and kind of pins and needles.
The day after my appointment (yesterday) I woke up and went for my morning walk (1.1 mile loop with one uphill and one downhill approved by doc). Felt ok. Sore, but ok. As the day progressed, I did more walking, mainly all flat, but a total of probably 3 or 4 miles. In the afternoon, I noticed that the calf felt like it was cramped or something, I couldn't press off with my right foot when I strided, and had no strength to even get up onto my tip toes with it.
So now with the whole backstory in place, the questions:
Does it seem likely I would have re-herniated by removing my sock while standing straight, raising the right leg, and flicking the sock off my heel?
I've read a lot about possible nerve flare ups after surgery. Am I too worried about not being able to stand on tip toes and should I wait a few days to see if nerve starts to calm down?
Has anyone had weak calf like this and still been told it's ok to walk by adjusting your gait to accommodate the limp?
Has anyone had this kind of calf nerve issue that has eventually gone away, and if so, just for sanity sake, how long did it take?
Thank you so much in advance for any and all replies. It's so comforting to know that there are others who are going through this same issue and are having success at recovering from it! I would not wish this pain and suffering even on my worst enemies!