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Foot drop & numbness in leg. MRI shows 2 herniated discs

Mago0oMMago0o Posts: 7
edited 03/20/2015 - 10:42 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all-

I just joined so that I can post here but I've been a lurker for a few months. I am looking for help with my situation. Here is my story:

About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with a spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 at which time I decided to forego a fusion and deal with it until it got worse. I have lived conservatively for the last decade, avoiding anything that would anger the slippage to stay off of the surgeons table. Fast forward 10 years to this past September. I started to have pain that I figured was the spondy. I basically ignored it and figured that if I took it easy, it would go away until next time. Yeah, it didn't happen this time. I have been dealing with the pain since then and recently it was made a lot worse which made me go back to the doctor. I had an MRI 2 days ago which showed the spondy but also 2 herniated discs at L3/L4 and L4/L5. I have "displaced the nerve root" and I now have drop-foot and numbness throughout my right leg. I see a non-surgical orthopedist on Monday but I don't know what to expect. Can I reasonably expect to help my situation despite having the spondylolisthesis? I'm basically at a stalemate as I see it as I can't do any flexion or extension. My goal is to, 1) get my foot back and relieve the numbness, 2) get back some quality of life so that I can play with my kids again. Has anyone here been in a similar situation and what was your outcome? I've always been fairly active and physical and this has taken a toll on my general well-being.

Thanks in advance! I'm happy to provide any further info. Oh, and I'm a 36 year old male.


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  • Hi,

    I just came across your post while googling and registered just so I could comment.
    As I've had exactly the same thing helping to me: early April lower back pain (already had an incident 10 years ago) and one morning I just collapsed with the worst sciatica pain. Doctor gave me morhium and cortison (we live in Paris currently) and the pain got better after a couple of days. The weakness / numbness in my left foot however not. So they sent me to a neuro surgeon and the MRI showed exactly what you described: protruding discs L3/4 and 4/5 with the latter being the main offender.
    He advised to have surgery immediately as any alternative treatments that one could also try (injections) take weeks to show a result and all the time the nerve would still be compressed. So I was operated in 3 days later (2 weeks ago today).
    While I have no pain or discomfort left, my drop foot has remained. Now I know that these things take time and i really hope it will improve. But my surgeon also told me it might not, depending how badly the nerve was implicated.

    Have you had any improvement at all? If so, what did you do?

    Thanks and good luck!
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