My mom was moving furniture on February 22nd. She felt something pop. By the evening of February 23rd she had no strength in her left quad. She had an MRI, and we met with an orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon who both recommended surgery as she had a compressed nerve at L2-L3.
She had surgery (discectomy) yesterday. The doctor was pleased with how it went. Mom passed the physical therapist's evaluation (walking with a walker and doing steps with the aid of a crutch) and she was sent home today.
She is extremely depressed and does not believe she will recover. I'm scared for her state of mind. She is giving up without even giving the nerve a chance to heal.
Does anyone have a success story to share? She needs hope.
She isn't in pain - hasn't been throughout - except for the incision site. She has no numbness. This is just straight forward weakness whereby she cannot put pressure on the leg without it buckling. The nerve was only compressed for less than two months, and she was in good health and active before this injury took place.
I'm desperate for advice. Please help.