New to the forums. A few months ago I experienced back pain that grew steadily worse. I had an x-ray and was given pain meds and a muscle relaxant, but wasn't seeing any improvement. A few days after seeing my regular doctor, my legs suddenly went weak and I experienced incredible pain from the waist down, called 911, and went to the hospital. That day, I had an MRI and emergency surgery - L4/L5 laminectomy and discectomy, since my nerves were being compressed by a herniated disc.
After a month of physical therapy in a rehab center, I'm able to use a walker/cane, but still have numbness in my feet and calves, and my bladder doesn't work/saddle area is numb, but I'm very lucky, since I was only able to move one toe when I came out of surgery.
Still doing PT and hoping for more improvement!