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L5S1 Disc herniation with weakness in both legs

PlukowskiPPlukowski Posts: 2

I have been treating an L5S1 disc herniation conservatively, (PT, Chiro, Steriods) for over 2 years.

Recently I have started experiencing weakness in both legs, more on the left but both thighs feel week when walking up stairs.

Can the S1 nerve do that? Has anyone else experienced this?

I wonder if I have a problem elsewhere i.e neck?

Any comment or support would be greatly appreciated.

I have an appoint at [edit] Boston in 7 days not soon enough


Edited by Liz, Spine-health Moderator Removed medical facility 



  • hi plukowski

    welcome to spine-health

    you will find that most members avoid chiropractors.  it is best to see spine specialists for spine related issues.

    your symptoms could suggest s1 nerve causing weakness but only a spinal specialist can confirm that, maybe helped with diagnostic imaging.

    good luck with your appointment and please update us afterwards if you would like to share.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
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    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • tjlazerttjlazer TacomaPosts: 44
    edited 03/20/2018 - 2:41 PM

    Yes it can.  I have a broad based disc protrusion at L5/S1 that is pressing on both S1 nerves and I have the same issue.  If you look at the Axial MRI slice you can see the disc touching the S1 nerve roots.  The herniation is not bad, just touching and it's enough to cause radiculopathy and Sciatic pain and numbness in both legs and feet with some weakness.  I walk 2 miles a day, Invert 2 times a day, and lay down instead of sitting and use good body mechanics to try to help as Surgery is not applicable in this scenario.  Disc herniations need to be more than 8mm in size for the surgical outcome to be effective.  Check out chirogeek website for a lot of good info on this and simlar back issues!  Good luck

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  • Do you have weakness in your thighs??

    It is getting harder each day to walk up stairs?

    I am loosing strength in my legs fast

  • Yes I do.

  • Hi Plukowski

      I have the same symptoms weakness in my thighs.  Did you ever find out the cause.please any advice will be greatly appreciated.i have the s1 being compressed. 

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  • Hey plukowski what was your diagnosis?

  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it.


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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