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L5s1 disc problem

I have had lower back pain for a long number of years. I got an MRI on my lower back and I have a disc problem at L5s1. I have pain down the right leg, particularly below the ankle. My right foot turns in at the toes and my foot balance wants to go to the outside of the foot. I walk with a limp and my leg seems to swing outwards at the knee.I walk a lot but feel stiff after exercise and it takes me a while to get going into a normal stride if I stop in mid walk.My surgeon recommends surgery but I don't know how much it will improve me..
Patrick Roche


  • I had the same things going on. I had a microdiscectomy back in Nov. It provided instant relief for the sciatica. Now 7 months post op I've been dealing with mild back pain but nothing earth shattering. I only missed two hitches of work which is one month in oil field terms. Looking back I should have had the surgery 3 yrs ago when I first had problems.
  • my hip & leg don,t work to good left side 2 yr post op leg is smaller now like its died or nerve is. its like no help from Doc.
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  • Thanks for replies guys. Very helpful and very different responses.I think I need to talk some more with people who have had the surgery and with the surgeon.
    Thanks again.
    Patrick Roche
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    I had a discectomy and the relief was instant. It bought me almost 7 years before I now require a fusion. The best decision I ever make IMO
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  • Thanks for replies. If you have a discectomy does it follow that have a fusion at a later date. Even if your. first op. was successful
    Patrick Roche
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