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Are these three surgery procedures necessary for Herniated Disc?
I will be as short and accurate as can be. In late November I pulled something in my back and only 3 days later the pain got so bad I had to go to the hospital. I was told by the doctor it was a Herniated Disc at L5/S1. I was told to see a specialist if my and I did. The specialist gave me 3 weeks before the next visit to see if I had improved. After 3 weeks the pain had gone completely and the only existing problem was the dead feeling in part of my left foot and up the side of my left calf. This makes me hesitant to walk on it as it is a bit weak. He told me that my left foot was very weak and could become "droopy". He referred me to a Neurosurgeon. Both of them operate together and the Neuro said I had to go for the following procedures :
1. Laminectomy + Decompression of L5/S1
2. Fusion with Pedicular Fixation + Cage
What I would like to know is...
It's been 3 months since the incident and I have absolutely no pain. The only thing I have is a part of my left foot that is completely dead and the side of my left calf that is dead. When I sit, both of the above tingles but never aches or pains. So in essence the only issues I still have is:
1. Weak left leg but can do all the movement.
2. Dead parts on my left foot and on side of my left calf.
Can these things not be fixed by a Chiro? If not is an epidural not another option? Can the nerve be damaged beyond repair if I give it another month or two with these alternative non invasive measures?
Thank you for any feedback.