I just had my surgery yesterday, and so far feeling great. But I'm glad I've read these forums a lot, and know to take it easy. I felt some leg pain last night after sleeping on the same side for so long, but switched to my back and was better. Other than that the leg and buttocks pain is gone (for now).
I've only taken 1 percocet today and 1 last night. The incision is just sore, but not an acute pain. I don't think I want to mask the pain completely, so I make sure to take care. They said the anaesthetic in that area would be there for 8-10 hours only.
I don't know how much walking I should do though, but I have to try to walk more I guess. I didn't get to talk to my surgeon since the surgery - I hope to get in touch with him soon. How much walking have others been able to do? I don't want scar tissue forming from too much inactivity.
discectomy in June 2010 - success! No sciatic pain, just some remaining numbness in foot. And I get charlie horses a lot.