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27 y.o. male large l5-s1 herniation and calf muscle weakness



  • @blairpup great to hear you're getting some muscle back. I don't think I have any improvements re: calf strength, maybe a tiny bit but nothing noticeable, I'm starting to do more calf raises though we will see how that works.

    @Violet96 I'm in QC. I think the wait times are about the same here

    @cchanel wow so happy you are recovering! Really hope it continues -- 70% sounds very encouraging.

    Saw a specialist today and she basically confirmed what I was thinking -- surgery can most likely be avoided if I continue to improve, and its a good sign I'm improving already (at 2months). I go back for a checkup in another 2 months. I can't notice day-to-day improvement, in fact some days it feels worse than the day before. But I'm still noticing improvement week-to-week. Here's to hoping the improvement continues.

  • Just starting week 11 of recovery now. 10 weeks down.

    Still getting slow and steady progress. I can do 20-30 minutes of walking pain free usually. I will start to get a light pain/aching if I try to walk longer than that. I've noticed I have more mobility now too, still trying to be careful not to bend and twist too much though even though I can do it to a limited extent with no pain. I even think I have some calf muscle improvement, though I'm not sure. Its a tiny amount if any. I'm still taking anti inflammatories, and I can definitely feel it when I don't take them.

    Still doing physio and I think its helping me. I've heard a lot of people say it took months for them to feel the benefits from physio -- I think that's the case with me too. I'm starting to do more core strengthening and flexibility things. Though I'm still a long way from full recovery, overall I'm pretty happy/surprised with the speed I'm recovering so far. Surgery is seeming like less and less of a possibility, at this point I would have to suffer a pretty large setback to start considering it again.

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  • @recoverpls Your progress is sounding good. I am now at the 6th month stage and I have good movement. Pain mostly comes with sitting and coughing is still difficult. However, my muscles are rebuilding and the shape of leg looks better. I no longer take any meds as the pain is bearable although constant. I have also been at a chiropractor who has had me in a traction device to decompress the spine. It is on the lowest setting as he said he has never dealt with a hernia the size of mine. I read a study from the society of English surgeons which found the over 80% of large disc herniations resolve themselves after one year. I think I am on track. But thinking back I did need the epidural steroid just to reduce the pain slightly and to allow some movement.

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