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!