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Still have significant weakness in right leg 6 months after l4-l5, l5-s1 microdiscetmoy

Hey everyone,

I'm a 21-year-old collegiate track and field athlete. After my first season (2017) I had some significant back pain and began going to physical therapy. I was diagnosed with pyriformis syndrome on my last day of PT before I went back to school, I believe a herniated part of my one discs broke off and became a free-floating fragment, pressing against my nerve. That night I felt the worst pain of my life, but worse yet, had significant weakness in my right leg. I was unable to do a single calf raise or walk without a serious limp. 

Two days later I had surgery to remove the free floating fragment and other disc material. While my pain is 95% gone, my leg is still weak even after months of PT. Long story short, I'm extremely slow and my right leg basically doesn't work. I'm still going full tilt at practice. I can lift and run without pain, I'm just really slow and my right leg is significantly weaker than the left. I used to be right leg dominant.

The doctor's say it is safe to compete and that I likely won't reherniate, but I'm worried the nerve damage is permanent. It has not really gotten any better over the last month. Even walking around is hard, I still have so much weakness in my calf. Additionally, I have pretty significant atrophy in my glute and calf. 

If anyone can give me advice I'd greatly appreciate it.  Have any athletes made a full recovery? I'm starting to lose hope. 

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