I had a relatively massive prolapse originating from L4/L5 operated on and removed. The partially solidified prolapse extended all the way down to the nerve root at L5/S1. Before the operation, I had severe weakness and numbness in my left leg and foot for about 36 hours preop. Before this I had a 3 week stint with strong painkillers. It was not my first episode with sciatic pain, but they had gradually gotten more difficult with respect to toleration. Anyways, 4 weeks postop, there is no noticeable change with respect to regained strength or numbness, which extends from my buttock down to the toes. Numbness is total from roughly about 20cm above ankle and on the rear side of the leg/foot. 4th and 5th toes completely are completely numb, outside edge of foot completely numb etc…
I am aware that nerves take their time to heal. I have my right leg as a comparison, which was pinched for the duration of the operation (2 hours). It has almost recovered (about 70% strengthwise) from an initial postop peroneusparesis. I aml wft wondering if a 36 hour pinch takes 18 times that long? Common sense can be very misleading when it has no medical knowhow to constrain it, so I am looking for empirical insight from those with a somewhat similar fate.
I was wondering if anyone has any experience of severe sciatic pain progressing and changing into a virtually painless (in comparison to the prior pain) muscle weakness/numbness? Did you have it operated on? How long did it last b4 your op? How long did it take for you to regain adequate muscle strength and control to indulge in sport?
All thoughts/experiences are appreciated. Cheers.