Hi, I'm new to this. I never had a back problem and then had 2 days of unbearable pain in my right thigh and calf that left me numb from knee to ankle, unable to walk stairs due to weakness and with my knee-jerk reflex gone (but not forgotton!) I was told that the reflex would never come back, was on a course os steroids with a diagnosis of a herneated disk and pressure on a nerve. I have had no more pain, but the numbness and weakness have not left me. I went from "hale and hearty" to "fragile" in a day. It has messed with my head as much as my body. No one seems to want to make any predictions as to whether I will ever be able to feel the strength back in my thigh, or have feeling in my lower leg. Does this sound like anyone else out there? Will I ever be able to walk steps without my leg buckling under me? I am in limbo here. And the "bimbo" part...can I have done this with those sexy high heels? I suppose pain-free should make me grateful, and it soes, but the limitations to my strength and endurance are a mind-altering change that with the steroid depression has thrwn me for a loop.