Wow. Just joined the forum and am quickly realizing that I must be VERY impatient. I am 5 days post op L5-S1 microdisc surgery and am 85% better than before surgery. I herniated disc playing tennis 3 months ago and after PT and 2 injections decided with my surgeon to move forward with op. I am experiencing left leg shooting pains at knee, calf and foot. Walking now about 1-2 miles per day, but would like to get back to swimming and cardio workouts....am I being greedy? I would like to know that the lingering leg pain will eventually go away so that mentally I can work out of this. I am 45 yrs. old and very active and would like to get away from all pain meds. All of your posts are awesome and helpful.