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I am a 41 year old female in good health. I had a spinal fusion in September 2008 and recovered fine with now physical therapy. Now 4 years later I am having problems with same leg (right) pain but this time I now have a limp when I walk and some weakness in the leg. This started September 4, 2012 with severe pain down right leg and I could barely even walk. I also have terrible foot pain and ankle swelling in the leg. Went to family doctor they gave me muscle relaxers and did an xray which only showed arthritis in my back but not what was causing leg pain. They then sent me to physical therapy which I only could do for 3 weeks do to weakness in foot and leg. Went and had EMG and MRI done. The MRI report states :
[B]THERE IS A DISC PROTRUSION AT L5/S1 WHICH IS ECCENTRIC TOWARDS THE RIGHT AND MAY BE COMPRESSING THE DESCENDING RIGHT S1 NERVE IN THE CENTRAL CANAL AND POSSIBLY THE EXITING RIGHT L5 NERVE.[/B]

Went to see my surgeon and he suggested a disketomy because of the limping in the leg and weakness. He said that it is about 75% chance that I will not limp anymore. Has anyone had this done and if so did it help with the weakness. Thank you in advance for any help.





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