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Can't raise up on ball of left foot

lenore2112llenore2112 Posts: 1
edited 06/22/2015 - 9:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

At the end of March I woke up in severe pain shooting down my left leg. Long story short I apparently herniated my L5-S1 discs. I'm seeing a top doctor for it and we've discussed back surgery.

The thing is my pain is gone. Completely since almost two months ago. But what isn't gone is the numbness in my ankle and side of left foot. I cannot do a leg lift on that leg alone.

Has anyone had surgery to repair that condition? I'm seeing him July 16th to decide on surgery or not, a microdiscectomy. We are waiting because my honeymoon is July 18th, and since I can walk around fine right now, with a minimal limp, I'd rather not risk any complications and ruin my time on it.

I just don't know if I'm going in for surgery for something this won't correct, if I should leave it the way it is. Just pretty lost here. I'm 35, average health, trying to lose weight. Also I'd like to try to conceive in the next few months.

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

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In terms about having a baby, that is something that you need to discuss with your doctor. There is no one qualified here to even remotely discuss this medically with you

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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 06/22/15 15:24 est
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