I'm new to the forum here and have recently been inducted into the back problem club.
Been active all my life, football, track/field (shot, disc, hammer throw) all through college. Currently 6'1" - 255lbs (used to be in better shape (225lbs been out of the workout game for a bit, 2+ yrs, sit a desk all day for work on computers).
Started back in mid March 2012 - woke up one morning with severe glute/hamstring/upper calf pain (like being stabbed with a knife). 6 weeks of chiropractic and massage therapy and pain is gone, however I went for a light jog and found that I could no longer explode off my right calf (upper calf muscle seemed to be unresponsive). Went to general practitioner and was ordered to get an MRI.
At L4-L5: There is a moderate to central and left paracentral disc protrusion. This abuts but does not displace the descending never root on the left. There is bilateral facet hypertrophy. No stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.
At L5-S1: There is a large right lateral recess disc extrusion, that extends inferiorly behind the superior endplate of S1. This abuts and posteriorly displaces the decending S1 never root. There is bilateral facet hypertrophy with marginal osteophyte formation at the neural foramen bilaterally. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, no central stenosis.
So, with all that being said I have an appointment with a neurosurgen this week. Was looking for some advice on what questions to ask the doctor upon my visit? Also, I find it odd that I have almost no pain at all anymore but still have the calf impairment and numbness on the outside of my right foot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks ahead of time,