My right leg has been numb from the back of my thigh right down to my heel, outside half of foot and 3 smallest toes since shortly after the sciatica hit in early July. It was very painful for a few weeks then just complete numbness. The heel hurts some times as if I've stood on a hard surface too long but its not too bad. I have lost reflex in my ankle and cannot push up on my toes. I have walked with a limp since the injury which was just from being crouched over gardening for too long.
I've read in here about people having numbness after surgery and it can take 2 years to get the feeling back. But my concern is will the feeling come back for me without surgery? Will it heal on its own?
I have a herniated disc (L5/S1)and arthritis in my lower spine causing sciatic nerve impingement. I went to PT for 4 months with no real improvement but had to stop anyway as my insurance will only cover 20 sessions a year. I still do some stretches but don't find it helps, I only keep it up so I don't get too stiff and lose muscle. The pain is the same and its awful. I haven't been able to go to the office to work for months. I work on a laptop at home in bed lying down. This is getting very depressing as I miss the social atmosphere at the office. I would love to be able to improve enough to go back without surgery.