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Worried - Limp with L5/S1 disc herniation

id1878iid1878 Posts: 1
edited 06/13/2015 - 8:09 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi there,

I'm new here, based in England and have been reading a lot of the messages on this forum this last week or so. About 3 and a half weeks ago I suffered my disc herniation at the gym doing squats. I knew I'd done something as I went into spasm as soon as it happened. Next day I was walking gingerly and by the end of it was limping pretty much. I've had the limp (affecting my left side only) since then. I had an MRI last week which confirmed what I suspected and despite some discomfort and slight numbness/tingling in my left leg the pain isn't too bad at all. I'm standing up all day at work since my scan as sitting is uncomfortable and I'm obviously doing myself no favours being sat down all day.

My main concern though in all of this right now is my limp. I'm an active kind of person and I'm scared it may remain. I am due to see a Neurosurgeon next week for an outpatient appt and to show him my MRI and let him plan what happens from here on. Are my worries justified? Can anyone speak from experience of having a limp and whether it has gone over time or after an op? Not looking for anyone to sugarcoat the truth here. I know I've done some damage to myself but am trying to gain as much knowledge as I can that's all.

I saw an osteopath on Tuesday and have been given some exercises to do which I'm doing but other than that I'm just waiting to see the Neurosurgeon.

I appreciate we are all on here as we have similar issues so any help/advice would be gratefully received. I wish you all the best of luck in your own journey towards regaining full health again Smile


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  • Hi! I also experienced a limp (along with other symptoms) when I herniated my L5/S1. This was my surgeons main concern, over the pain and numbness, and I had surgery the day after my appointment with him. There is an active thread where you may find some support, which I am posting a link to below. You are not alone!

    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
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