I had a herniated disc at L2/L3 in October 2011. Tried conservative treatment for 5 months (while left quad began to atrophy).
Then a microdiscectomy in March of 2012. Surgeon indicated everything went perfectly. The nerve looked "beaten up" but sprung right back. He felt 85% recovery of function was quite possible and I had reason to be optimistic. He also said recovery was slow and would possibly take one to two years. I currently have a weak upper left quad and due to this, an aggravated left knee "situation" (bone-on-bone arthritis). I am 64 years old and have been depressed and anxious since all this started 17 months ago. It (or I) have had a terribly negative effect on our small, close family (wife and son). Can anyone shed some light on the recovery from this type of injury? I have really put my life "on hold" and measure all activities and endeavors by my left leg condition which, of course, limits me and my loved ones. I realize there are so many folks who have things far worse than I do, but this has consumed me since Day 1. Any encouragement and or support is greatly appreciated. God bless you all!