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10 months post L5-S1 micro, still severe weakness

Had mild sciata on/off for several years, then out of the blue had severe rupture. One week later I had a microdiscectomy. I only had the weakness for the 1 week before the surgery. 10 months after surgery and still can't do the single leg toe raise. Since I can't push off when I walk, my calf is always sore. My foot (heel and edge of foot) is still numb. I have some pins and needles, but I cant tell if that is from stressing my leg in unnatural ways when I walk. Surgeon says, be patient it will come back, but I'm getting worried. My strength has only improved a little bit since after the surgery.

I do not have sciata or back pain.

I have not had a MRI after my surgery.

My questions are this:

Is there anything that can be done to improve the chances of the nerve coming back and my strength returning?

Does it make sense to get a new MRI?

Is there another type of doctor I should see about this rather than my ortho spine surgeon Maybe a nuerologist?



  • I'm certainly no expert, but i don't think it would hurt to see a neurologist or neurosurgeon since this is a nerve problem. I had a lumbar fusion 2.5 months ago and have weakness around the left foot, but nothing like what you describe. My Neurosurgeon ordered another MRI when I was one month post-op to make sure the hardware was still in a good place and that there wasn't any new impingement going on. It was good.

    Went to him today for a checkup and I still have weakness in my foot...toe raises and trying to walk on my heels. He suggested going to Wal-Mart and getting an ankle weight belt and doing foot raises in the evening. But he also said the nerve might never heal.

    Good luck!
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
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