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Recovering from foot drop and weak leg postop

mstikesmmstikes Posts: 23
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I had surgery 5 days ago (Discectomy on L4/L5) after having my nerve pinched for 9 months and severe left leg weakess and footdrop. I don't have too much pain but my doctor told me that i have to wait at least 9 months to know if the nerve damage and weakness is permanent . Isn't that too long ?


  • I am now 2 weeks postop and even though the lower back leg pain is almost gone both of my legs are now very weak. I would grade my left leg a 1/5 and my right a 2/5. What kind of Physical therapy should I start to have a chance to recover some leg strenght ?
  • Your doctor will determine when you need to go to pt and then give you a prescription.

    I would advise you wait until that happens because the pt will teach you the appropriate exercises after they evaluate you
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  • Hi my mum is advised to have a microdiscectomy to try and fix her large disc prolapse which has caused foot drop ten days ago. I would like to know how you are getting on as we are reluctant to give the go ahead through fear of things getting worse rather than better...
  • Be patient. Nerves are slow to heal -- in that area, it can take up to 18 months. Follow your doctor's orders and hang in there.
  • I'm now 6 weeks post discectomy and both my legs remain very weak making it extremely hard to walk even with a cane. What's more worrying is that my right leg has started to shake significantly below the knee for the last few days.

    I have am EMG scheduled in 10 days but I'm getting really worried seeing that my situation seems to be worsening daily now with the leg trembling and I don't see what my surgeon could do in the meantime ?
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