So here I am 9 weeks post-op microdiscectomy, and my quality of life is, well, not good. I had my post op MRI and it shows another disc protrusion, annular tearing, defect in Lamina, and post surgical fibrosis at L5-S1 where I had my surgery(I'm still waiting for feedback on this from my surgeon). My doctors have been telling me not to bend, to take it easy. But my body sometimes screams for a forward bend. My hamstrings have become so tight it's ridiculous. So, I carefully bent forward to try to touch my toes. This was my first stretch/forward bend in 9 weeks. Of course I couldn't stretch that far, BUT, I found once I came back up from the bend I had instant back relief. IT FELT GREAT!! So my question is, do we walk on eggshells for the rest of our days, in fear of pain and injury, or do we trust what our bodies are telling us to do? I'm so tired of being afraid. I'm wasting away mentally and physically, I'm depressed and I just want to get back into life. I want to move again. And against everything I've been told--No bending, twisting etc--why is it that when I do what I've been advised not to do(forward hamstring stretch), I find relief?