Well, I finally went and did it. It's been at least three years since my last horrible right leg/foot sciatic attack. I've had four of those over the last 10 years. Each time in put me in the emergency room in terrible pain, then in bed for a week, crutches for 2 or 3 weeks, and hobbling around for a month or two. But I completely recovered from the first 3 episodes. So, I though I'd recover from the last one too. No such luck. I was left with drop foot on the right side, and numbness in my calf and foot. I was limping. I went to a great neurosurgeon, Dr. Derek Duke. He told me I needed laminectomies at L3/4. L4/5, and L5/S1. He said I only have a 25 to 50 % chance of significant recovery from the drop foot problem. But, he told me that I had a 100% chance of getting much worse if I didn't fix the problem now. So I signed up for the operation.
Dr. Duke operated on me on August 4 at St. Rose, Siena in Henderson. I spent the night in the hospital, and came home on the 5th. I was never in bad pain following the operation. And now, 2 weeks post, I only experience minor discomfort and achy tiredness surrounding the surgery site. It's way too early to tell if the drop foot will get better. But, I'm hoping. Your prayers and good wishes will be appreciated.