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smni0901ssmni0901 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm a 21 year old male and I had a microdiscectomy performed on L5-S1 on July 14. Immediately following surgery most of my leg pain was gone. There was some residual pain in my foot but the leg and foot pain got progressively better the first 2 weeks.

3 or 4 days following surgery I started going for daily walks, no more than a couple blocks at a time and now I'm up to about a mile a day while I spend the rest of the day laying and sitting.

I did little to no sitting for the first two weeks and now I've started to sit and drive regularly. I also did zero bending and lifting for that time, the last 4-5 days I've done some very light bending but still no lifting.

What concerns me however is after all the progress I have been making, my lower back pain has returned some (though not nearly as severe at before) and I have also regained some leg pain. I see my surgeon again on Aug. 12th but I don't want to make things any worse before that day comes. Is there something I'm doing wrong in my recovery? Should I change anything in my routine leading up to the 12th?

This also may be of note. I have tested single leg raises to see if it would give me pain as it did before the surgery and it does not.

Thanks a ton!


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i was wondering who told you about your exercise plan?? was it your doctor or pt? they really know best about what you should be doing after your surgery and you should be following their advice.. if you are having increased pain after your surgery, perhaps you should decrease your exercise routine till you see your doctor.. that would be better than hurting yourself! good luck to you! stop by anytime. Jenny :)
  • Thanks for responding Jenny. My doctor was the one that gave me the exercise routine, he told me to walk as much as I can every day. My visit on the 12th is to decide whether or not I need to begin PT. The issue is I'm leaving to study abroad on the 18th so if I even go to a PT it would basically be just to learn exercises.
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