I had a discectomy on 6/01/09. I also felt like the first week was amazing. I felt like a had so much more energy, and that it was a miracle for the horrible pain I had for the past 6 months in my leg and back. Then last week, my foot started going numb, and was hard to walk because it became stiff. Then my calf also became stiff. Now my lower leg and foot hurts to much to put pressure on it. My doctors office recommends the medrol pack(steroids)s and also told me about the damage that could of been done to the nerve, and that this is very normal post-op. They also said that I could have this pain the rest of my life. I wish as many of you did, that someone could of told me some of this prior to surgery. I feel helpless and frustrated.