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I'm looking for some advice from anyone that can help. I have a herniated disc at L4/5 which has caused some issues- mainly foot drop. I've had 2 epidurals and the pain has simply gone away. I still have foot drop though. I'm scheduled for a microdiscectomy in 2 weeks but that scheduling was off of the MRI that was done when I was in pain. I've been doing PT all along and, while some strength has returned, I still can't lift my foot or walk with out a limp. It's only been 8 or so weeks since this all started and I'm wondering if it makes sense to go ahead with the surgery or if its possible that the disc returned to where it's supposed to be and I just have nerve damage now. I would think that the doctor would check again before going in but that's not the case. I guess my questions are, 1) is it possible to have long term nerve damage from a few weeks of the L4 nerve being pinched, and 2), is it possible that the nerve is still being pressed by the disc and I simply have no pain because of the epidural? My concern is the the doctor goes in and discovers that there isn't anything to remove.
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!