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Foot Drop after surgery

I had L5 S1 surgery 4 weeks ago because of a drop foot condition that occurred in the ER. Some background; I was lying in the ER from very bad sciatica attack and all of a sudden my foot went numb, i could not flex it up towards me. I told the attending physician and the nurse. They must have notified the resident neurosurgeon and he scheduled me for an emergency MRI. That showed a herniated L5 pressing against the nerve. They told me I needed emergence surgery.
It’s been 4 weeks since that surgery and my drop foot is not getting better. I’m in PT 2x’s a week and I’m swimming 3x’s a week trying to recover. I still have a great deal of tingling and burning in my foot but the foot is still not responding. Everything I read says if I don’t see progress in 6 weeks it most likely will be permanent.
What if anything else can I possibly do to help this healing process? Am I too impatient? Will it heal in time? Lots of questions, not answers.



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