I had a microlaminectomy and discectomy (L5,S1) 1 week ago. I had experienced horrible sciatic nerve pain for about 3 weeks prior to that. I had a 9mm herniated disc that had also fragmented. That awful pain was gone when I woke up from surgery, and I was discharged the next day. The only instructions I received were to not drive for 2 weeks and stay out of work for 2 weeks. I was also told to walk 2-3 miles per day by week 3. I'm 42 years old and I teach school. I have been more tired than usual and my back is tender, but that's about it. I am feeling guilty about not starting back to work next week. Should I just relax and enjoy the time to heal, or just go on back to work. I haven't been able to find much on the internet about the right time to get back to work or even why I'm not supposed to drive. I was just wanting some words of wisdom.