This is a great site as I've been lurking for awhile and found so much information here!
In January and February of this year I started having some sporadic low back pain, I went to the chiropractor and it was helpful at first. By early March those treatments were no longer helping and the pain was getting persistent and severe. At this time I started having intense pain down my left leg and was walking funny.
I had been telling my GP and chiropractor about it and ultimately ended up going to a group that is physical medicine (they deal with a lot of the pro athletes in our area and have a great reputation and success rate for non surgical solutions in spine/back injuries) that specializes in the spine. Their work up showed a herniated disc at L4 with nerve compression.
They pulled me from work and reviewed my option to see a surgeon or attempt a conservative treatment plan with the understanding if the foot drop didn't show any improvement within 2 weeks I had to see a surgeon. I made some small improvements so was able to continue with them.
I'm now 2 months into my conservative treatment and hoping I made the right decision. I am pain free 97% of the time and even when there is pain it's maybe a "2" at worst. I haven't needed meds for it since week 3 (not even motrin). Problem is the foot drop is still present intermittently and gets significantly worse with any considerable activity.
So while I feel great most of the time it's really a result of really modifying my activity level. Everything is done in spurts now. I can do one sweep through the grocery store for example and be fine but that's it, no running multiple errands at a time.
I'm improving but it's very slowly. I do therapy several times a week, my specialist also sees me every 2 weeks to check the progress on the foot drop. I'm still out of work and was told I could be out up to a year or better because nerves are slow to heal.
Has anyone else been successful in using conservative measures with a foot drop added in?