I had discectomy a week ago to remove a disc fragment compressing the left L2 root. I am kind of concerned: the first days after surgery were challenging mostly because of the pain at the surgery site. That kind of pain is diminishing. However since yesterday I started feeling pain and burning in the left buttock and down the front and sides of the thigh. Also my left thigh is all numb, exactly the same as it was before surgery. Is it really true that it takes time for the nerve to heal? Shouldn't I feel already some relief? The neurosurgeon said that the surgery went very well and I need to be patient, but for some reason I am not that convinced...my daughter says it's all because I am moving around too much (I make sure I don't bend, lift or twist, but I do walk in the house, and sit for some time), I don't know what to believe, I hope I haven't done any harm.
Anybody with a similar experience? Any things to watch for during the first weeks after surgery? Thanks so much!