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L4 L5 discectomy done. Still having Foot drop

sommervillessommerville Posts: 2

I had a history of back ache. But it was never too much. Recently, I had so much pain and had MRI done and herniated disk found at L4 and L5. After MRI, around the same day I had some numbness in right leg and then foot drop in left leg. I went to doctor on next appointment and discectomy was done - right after 4 days of having foot drop.

After surgery, the right leg numbness improved. But I still have foot drop in left leg. Just one improvement that I can move my toe which was not moving earlier. The surgery was done yesterday.

Please let me know if these symptoms look permanent or temporary.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I too had a foot drop issue related to spine and surgery. I had to wear a brace for 3 months that allowed me to walk. I worked with a physical therapist during this time, and by month 4 I was abld to remove the brace and now have no problems. I was told that it was an issue of nerves healing and relearning/regaining strength in that foot. I know "months" might sound horrible to you, but try not to look at it that way. Try to stay positive, and remember, during those months I was able to walk and get around, just had to wear the brace.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I am getting improvement in my foot drop in just 10 days and dorsiflexion is getting better day by day. But I have got my body aligned to right side. This is something which I could not find common in most of the cases. The back was little bend before surgery and it got straight after surgery, but I feel like the alignment is going right side day-by-day.
    Please share your experience (anybody) about this problem.
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