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Chance of the body absorbing the disc and long term nerve damage

Hi, I've posted on here a few times - most recently below. I've had sciatica for 4 weeks and have been bed bound the whole time. Finally had my MRI results and it has shown that the disc material has protruded through the disc and is impinging the nerve (l5S1). I'm on 75mg codeine every 4 house and pregablin 150mg now moving to 300mg a day. Pain has subsided a bit but struggling to walk due to loss of strength in my leg (it dropped completely and was dragging for 1 day but now is back to being weak and a bit limp). I can't have epidural steroid injection due to other health problems which rule it out.

I've been advised that I could have surgery (microD L5S1) but I've already had it and don't want to do it unless I have to. Can the body reabsorb the disc even if the middle bit has protruded through the disc wall? Will the weakness come back even if the pain decreases? or is it a case that the longer I wait for surgery, the more time the nerve will be impinged and more chance of longer term damage to nerve and weakness in my leg?

It would be really good to hear from others who have had repeat surgeries and foot drop before surgery thanks.
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  • dalipsmddalipsm Abu dhabiPosts: 1
    edited 11/08/2016 - 12:59 PM
    Book says no surgery untill it is cauda equina. 

    **Comment edited by Liz, Spine-health Moderator to remove medical advice


  • Little_KellyLLittle_Kelly CaliforniaPosts: 24
    My experience with sciatica has been very similar to yours, and I am also 4 weeks in, except my foot did not drop completely.  I had leg weakness and my doctor was concerned about permanent nerve damage so referred me to a spinal surgeon.  Since then I've gained some strength back in my leg and continually am getting more and more feeling back in my foot.  =D  Pain has significantly decreased too.  I mean it still burns after standing for several minutes, but it's not violent burning pain like it used to be.   It's just difficult to walk on a leg that doesn't support you correctly. I see my spinal surgeon this week to look at the MRI.  Don't know yet if the disc is just bulging or torn.  With all the progress, I'm really hopeful that I will not need surgery. 

    I'd like to know what became of your situation?...Did you end up having the surgery?      

    - Kelly
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