Hello all - such great information on this forum. I wanted to check in to see if anyone has had a similar experience and can offer insight. I'm in my 30s and healthy, pretty fit. I ruptured a disc (likely pregnancy/birth-related) causing severe sciatic pain and numbness. After about 6 months of terrible pain that PT did not help, I opted for surgery.
It cured the sciatica, which was a huge relief. I started PT 10 weeks post surgery and have been good about the exercises. Yet, I still have extreme tenderness (often pain) + weakness on my surgery side. I cannot get up on my tippy toe on one side. You never know what you take for granted until you can't do it.
Doc said to be patient and keep at PT and walking. I limp noticeably. He said my nerve damage was bad, and it takes a long time to reverse. He said even a year+. I don't take pain killers but do take a strong anti-inflammatory (NSAID). Without it, my back really hurts. And my pain is often at a 4-5 even with it. Pre-surgery, I was an easy 9-10.
Anyone else regain the ability to walk on tippy toes? How did you work on that calf in a targeted way in an everyday setting (tough to get to the gym with kids at home)? How long did it take you to fully recover? I'm just hoping this is not my new normal.