I am just under three weeks from a L4-L5 microdiscectomy. My MRI from 2012 showed a small herniation at L5-S1 as well. Because it was so slight on that MRI we only repaired at L4-L5. Prior to surgery I had drop foot and severe weakness...unable to lift toes or toe walk. I was able to heel walk. At this time I am still having weakness near the back if my leg and pain on the outside bottom if my foot. I am also having numbness on the outside of my lower leg. Should I request a new MRI to rule out an increased herniation at L5-S1? Has anyone else had foot pain following surgery? I am also having burning which I have been told is normal-ish. Anyone else have this? I don't know anyone else who has had this procedure so any input is appreciated. Also how long until I should notice an increase in strength. I am 5'9" female athlete if that helps. Thank you.