I'm a 48 yr old male living down under in New Zealand.
I have always lived a fairly active life, cycling and lots of water skiing.
I have never really suffered any back problems prior to this.
About 3 mths ago I developed some pain down my left leg. This progressively got worse over time. Went thru the usual procedure of PT, then MRI and then op. Discectomy on L4/L5.
A rather large piece of tissue had gone downward all the way to the S1/L5 area. They even gave me the offending part in a jar. Looks rather large, the surgeons words were it's enormous.
I'm now 2 weeks post op and feeling pretty good. I do still have some numbness in my left foot and if I walk too far I get a dull pain in my L/h calf and hamstring area. But on the whole I feel pretty good.
This as been a great site to find out info and see that you're not the only person to have ever been thru this type of injury.
I am taking things pretty quietly for the first 6 weeks, just walking and a few light exercises given to me by the PT.
I am looking forward to getting back into my cycling with time!
Hopeflly it all heals up well and I can continue with my modified lifestyle.