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Sciatica or Something else

This all started when I tore my ACL and had reconstructive ACL surgery in September 2011. About six weeks after the ACL surgery my left leg went mostly numb in the middle of the night while I was sleeping. When I awoke I was very alarmed and called my doctor. He advised me to get to his office immediately. After he competed all his inspections and maneuvers he told me that I had a disc issue and needed to get to a spine specialist immediately and he actually called one for me. I immediately went there and he said he thought I needed a microdisectomy but an MRI would confirm that. The next day the MRI confirmed that I had indeed had an issue with my L5 and needed the microdisectomy. The very next day I had the surgery and I immediately got 95% of my feeling back in my leg except my smaller toes on my right foot, the left side of my foot, and a small area on my calf. Now, 16 months later, I still cannot feel these same areas except for my toes ache like you wouldn't believe and it drives me crazy. Sleeping is very hard and I hope someone might be able to suggest a way to assist. My doctor just tells me that it can take two years to get the feeling back and asks me if I want pain pills which I refuse. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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