It has been three weeks to the day since I had a microdiscectomy on L5/S1. I originally herniated about 12 years ago when I was 16. They sciatic pain lasted for about a month but went away completely with conservative treatment. I re-herniated about 7 months ago which resulted in severe sciatic pain but no weakness or foot-drop. I was still functional to a degree but could not be active (jog, bike, excercise). To get to the point, the sciatic pain is significantly better after the surgery but I still have not regained full range of motion in my right leg. For example, if lying flat on my back I can not lift my leg straight up while extending with out irritating the nerve. It is almost as though it is still getting "caught" or is pinched. My doctor says this is normal but I want to get feedback from those that have gone through this. Is this simply swelling that will subside after a few more weeks? I am probably just being impatient but it somewhat concerns me that the pain is triggered in a very similar fashion as it was prior to the surgery. Thanks in advance for your feedback!