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Looking for positive stories of calf strength recovery without surgery

I injured my lower back in a spinning class on Dec 20. The pain started 4 days later radiating down my right leg into my foot. MRI showed a bulging disk at L5S1.After two oral steroid treatments, many PT sessions and Meloxicam I have no more nerve pain. My calf strength however has not returned and even after the PT sessions I have seen no improvement in my calf strength though I am much more mobile in general after the sessions. I walk with a limp and cannot run at all. (I used to run 15 - 20 miles a week and feel very frustrated with not being able to keep fit.)

Has anybody had their calf/ leg muscle strength return without surgery? If yes, how long after the incident? I am seeing a chiropractor now and he is trying a special treatment whereby he hopes the nerve will become "un-impinged." I would like to avoid surgery for fear of the pain returning but at the same time I don't want to leave it too long if surgery is the only way to get my strength back.

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  • SciaticaL5S1

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    You will find most members here do not use chiropractors, they are not spinal specialist. Have you had a nerve conduction study to check the health of your nerves, that would be a very good place to start. You did not indicate what kind of doctor you were seeing, it would be best to be seeing a spine specialist, orthopedic or neurosurgeon, they would be the ones to order the proper testing that can give you the answers you are looking for. I am sure other members will be along shortly to give you their opinions. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • Thanks Chip, I appreciate your answer. I saw a Ortho Spine Specialist who ordered the MRI,  prescribed the steroids and PT, but he was very uncertain about the surgery.. basically telling me time might heal it/ might not.. or surgery might/ might not heal it. From reading other posts on this board it sounds as if a Neurosurgeon might be more appropriate. It would be nice to know examples where waiting a few months did in fact help with bringing back strength in the calf of anyone.

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  • I just saw a comment you posted on another discussion, there you stated that you leg has been numb for 3 months, numbness lasting that long needs to be addressed right away, I know you say you really don't have pain, but the numbness means that the nerve is being choked off, the longer it stays that way, the better likelyhood that the nerve will not heal, complete numbness that you described is nothing to play with.

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • Yes, I went to see a Neurosurgeon after your suggestion on one of my posts -  he has ordered a 2nd MRI and I will probably get surgery next week. I am somewhat annoyed with all the specialists (first Orho and PTs) who made me believe that numbness might go away with time. Thanks for your support.

  • I am sorry that it looks like you are headed for surgery, there is still a possibility that something like a epidural injection could be helpful.

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


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