47 year old male.
I hope somebody can explain to me some of my symptomps and provide their opinion on whether I need surgery.
I had severe sciatica pain in my right leg about 7 weeks ago, went to ER, CT showed "large disc protrusion at L4-5", I took ibuprofen for about a week after that and pain subsided but I have some milder tolerable pain sometimes in my left leg and my right foot feels weak, it feels also different than the other foot(it has more sensation), but I can walk relatively long distances. The foot is not improving almost at all. Driving with the right foot pressing the gas pedal feels much worse afterwards.
1. A couple of days ago I went to a neurosurgeon who after quick talk and review of my condition said that I should have a surgery done. Am I really a good candidate for surgery based on my symptomps above?
2. Is there a hope my foot will get better on its own after that much time? Will acupuncture help my foot? Does the fact that my foot is weak mean that the nerve is still compressed by the disk or it's just that the nerve is already damaged?
Thank you very much in adavance,