I had the MRI done today, then the plates and the report were sent to the Neurologist, and I had an appointment with him this arvo.
It seems there is a small “indentation” at the root of the S1 nerve on the lower spine. That's what's causing the numbness in the left foot evidently.
The Neurologist thinks this indentation was caused by aggravation during the walk. What's odd is that I had absolutely no back pain, even though I have two metal plates screwed into my lower spine from a car accident many years ago.
Anyway, the specialist believes it will heal itself in a few months. He wants to see me again in three months.
He told me not to walk long distances until then!
So it's a good outcome, and I have to say the health system worked very well. No waiting, consummate professionalism, and with the Medicare rebates, surprisingly it wasn't expensive.
Because of all the tests today, and driving back to Mudgee, I've been off the blog, but thanks to you all, especially Sister Clare and Steve, for furthering the debates in my absence!
(As I walked out of the doctors' rooms, I saw this on the road in front of me!)