In July of '08, I suffered a somewhat herniated disc on L3-L4 and a small herniation on L4-L5. In February of '09 I had surgery, during which the leaky bits of L3-L4 were trimmed away, and I started my rehab late March.
I was in fairly bad condition at the time, and still was a few months later, but in August I finally started working again, progressively going up to full time in September.
While I've had to be somewhat careful in regards to what I do, in order to avoid pain, I'd say I'm probably 90-95% good as new.
A month ago, I managed to run 150ft for the first time in 1.5 years without sciatia affecting me, and boy was that a good feeling!
Still, I've been taking things easy and try to figure out how my body works.
A week ago, I went to the gym to start getting rid of a few pounds, doing some power cycling and some abs & lumbar muscle training.
Some exercises I couldn't do due to sciatia, so I skipped 'em.
I was fine during the evening, but the day after I felt somewhat sore.
I figured it was just part of that whole ol' "exercise" thing ;-)
Now, almost a week later, my back isn't really agreeing with me, in that it's having a bit of a hard time letting me switch from laying down to sitting up, or sitting up to standing. Also getting the same thing trying to pick things up from the floor.
Walking around is fine, as is sitting and laying down.
The switch from position to position hurts like a 3-4 on a 10-scale, and I was kind of hoping to have gotten rid of my back pain after the surgery.
Now, the time of the year being what it is, I can't reach my old physiotherapist or my doctor for the next few days to discuss this with them.
Does anyone here on Spine-Health have any similar experiences? Ideas? Suggestions? Things I could talk about with my doc when I finally get ahold of her?
As for pain killers, I still have some Codeine at home, having gotten rid of my Tramadol and Oxycodone based ones a few months after surgery, but would prefer not to use 'em.