Hi - my partner had a microdiscetomy 14 days tomorrow. The sciatic pain has gone but now he is experiencing great pain and a feeling of coldness in his ankle. He had a bulging disc L5 S1 which I understand is pretty common. Is his pain and lack of mobility now common. Even though he was in extreme pain for 4 months before the op he still went to work - had to take painkillers and psych himself up every day. He was at work all day before the op. Now he struggles to walk less than a 1/4 mile and back. Any feedback would be welcome.