thanks for your response Dr. Corenman,
Even more, in the past 3 days since I posted my original comments the pain in my back has decreased to almost nothing and the pain in my outer lower leg has become constant and the pain feels the way it felt in the early days after my l5-s1 herniations. In addition, the top of my foot is now numb in the center of my foot.
I am trying to get in to see my spine doctor to see what he thinks.
Also, I really wanted you to know that I think what you are doing here is amazing, and there are no words that come close to being able to describe how grateful I am that you take time out of your life to help address questions from people like me.