I was recently diagnosed with L5-S1 disk herniation on left side with impingement of the S1 nerve root confirmed by MRI. My symptoms are pretty classic for S1 radiculopathy with left buttock, hamstring and calf pain, numbness along the lateral side of my foot, and weakness of my calf muscle. I cannot stand on the toes on my left foot, whereas I can easily stand on the toes of my right foot. These symptoms have been present for about 3 weeks now. When these symptoms first appeared, pain was the primary symptom, but now it is weakness. The pain was initially severe due to muscle spasms and I was given morphine, valium and baclofen in the hospital. Initially I could not walk or even stand. Now I can walk several blocks before getting muscle cramps, but my calf weakness is very prominent and I walk with a limp. I am pretty sure that I need surgery, but I haven't been able to get an appointment to even see an orthopedic surgeon until 2 weeks from now. I am wondering whether I should call the surgeon's office and ask to be seen earlier just to get my foot in the door and any necessary conservative treatment rolling before surgery. I know the standard course is a 6 week trial of conservative treatment prior to surgery, but my muscle weakness seems to be not getting better and common sense seems to me that the sooner I can relieve the pressure on my S1 nerve root the less likely I am to have permanent nerve damage. Has anyone had surgery before 6 weeks due to persistent muscle weakness? I have not been able to even see a surgeon to ask this question so I am asking it on this forum. Thanks!