Hi, I see a lot of topics about sciatica pain (and I know how bad it is!) , however I do not see much postings about nerve damage from sciatica attach. Anyone has it? I have trouble rising my big toe up. I am looking for someone who has some damage and curious what treatment was chooses: surgery or conservative route. More details about me below.
I am 40 years old, always had episodes of back pain, but 2 months ago I woke up with unbearable pain (25 on the scale on 1-10) in the leg/foot, could not step on it, could not walk at all etc. Ended up in ER. They performed neuro exam and said that everything is fine, it is sciatica and will get better. Well, next day I had big toe totally not moving. Long story short, saw neuro, he said to go conservative route but see neurosurgeon nevertheless (who I also saw and he gave me steroid and said that I should try conservative route too). MRI result L4-L5 disk protrusion with L5 nerve root impingement. Anyway, today is 2 months since that episode, I am definitely better, I still have back pain and calf pain but I am not even using vicodin on most days. However, my foot/toe strength is not coming back completely, it is better , but still pretty weak. I can move my toe up now but not against resistance. I also cannot walk properly on my heels – right foot go slightly down. Today I saw neuro again for follow up and he referred me to neurosurgeon again saying that I should consider surgery. I am in total shock since he is very conservative doctor. He said that I still have limp and in his opinion the strength will not return unless I do a surgery. Anyone was in my shoes? I see a lot of posts about sciatica pain, but not much about sciatica nerve damage in foot/toe from disk herniation. I see a lot of posts of nerve dmage after surgery and this is what I want to fix! My pain today is bearable, it is the nerve damage that concerns me. I am going to see surgeon next week but in a mean time I am looking for similar situation. Thanks!