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New here & new to sciatica/drop foot

CEdgeCCEdge Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all!

Well, after a great week-long vacation from my DESK job, where I did lots of work building a new garden, literally overnight I'm dealing with a lot of weirdness in my body. Thank goodness for Google!

I went to an ortho doctor yesterday who told me I had sciatica (well I KNEW that) and something called "drop foot." I was just telling my BF over the weekend that I felt like I was walking with a flipper on and my leg was all wonky.

The doctor seems to think I have a ruptured disk and sent me for an MRI, which I'll have today.

He said that a little procedure should fix me right up... I have to say, that statement did make me wonder what was up for him to assume I would need surgery, when everything I read says you should try more "conservative" methods first.

The pain meds he gave me did ease the pain quite a bit, but they also gave me insomnia. (Yeah, I tend to get the opposite of drowsy with pain meds.)

This drop foot thing is really bizarre. I have to walk with my foot cocked to the side or lift my leg a bit more that normal. Today the leg feels heavier...

I look forward to reading about other people's experiences, and wonder if anyone has some insight, or what I should be aware of... I've never had anything like this before.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. there is plenry to read and learn here on the forum so dive right in! be sure and stop by the "Sciatica.. forum" for more input on that condition.. good luck on the outcome of your MRI.. i hope that you are merely suffering through some tired and strained muscles!!! be sure and keep us informed as to what your doctor reports!! Jenny :)
  • The MRI showed a ruptured disk L4-5 (I think). The ortho surgeon thinks a micro diskectomy would be the quickest way to recover.

    Since I have sciatic pain, weakness in my leg and slight foot drop messing with my gait, I'm inclined to think waiting to see what happens in 6 months may be difficult. I'll have other aches and pains from walking funny.

    But surgery...

    Is this surgery as common and simple (for a spine specialist) as a tonsillectomy is for a general surgeon?
  • I can completely sympathize with you as we are experiencing the same thing, I think. My rupture at L4/L5 occurred suddenly (no real warning) with the one-sided numbness setting in almost immediately in a strip from the knee to my big toe (along the peroneal nerve). I have a foot drop, which definitely affects my gait. I have begun to have some compensatory pain, as well, in my other side since I walk differently. I find it hard to take stairs, and I have an odd limp. I didn't really even notice the foot drop until I had a full neuro evaluation, when the doc had me walk on my heels...which I couldn't do on my affected side. I knew there was some weakness associated with the numbness, but I didn't realize it was that profound.

    My surgeon wants to do a laminectomy/discectomy. I've got to stop reading all of these online articles, though, because I'm getting freaked out a bit. I understand all of the information I read, but I just don't know how to make the right decision for me. Oy!

    And nothing I've read suggests that microdiskectomy is routine. The surgeon may have been making a lame attempt to quell your fears, but who can think "back surgery" and feel comfortable with that, really? It is serious stuff.

    Anyway, wishing you the best in your situation, and I hope that you get some relief soon!
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