Hi everyone. This is my first time posting.
I am 33 years old and I have had left leg pain for about 10 years and late last year it started to get unbearable while standing or walking. The MRI showed a bulge at left side L4-5 and right side L5-S1.
This year I had a discectomy (I think that is what it is called), and everything went well. The pain was gone upon waking up from the surgery, and other than the general recovery from the surgery itself (aching, "twinges" upon standing up, etc.) I felt great. After 2 months there was no pain at all (or so little it didn't register). Even the post-op physical therapy exercises didn't cause any pain at all.
It has been over 3 months, and the surgeon said I could do whatever I wanted (except riding a bike) but to try to take it easy. I went to a wedding recently and danced a little bit at the reception (maybe more than a little bit, I was drinking. I know, I am STUPID.) The wedding was on a Saturday, and Sunday and Monday I still felt fine. Then on Tuesday I had soreness in my lower back and significant stiffness in the surrounding muscles. In the next few days, the stiffness has gone away, but I have soreness in the left side of my lower back. I am getting twinges and "hot feelings" in my left ankle. I have a weird pain in my right "ball of foot" and a pain in the left side of my lower back that seems to be getting a tiny bit worse every day. I am very worried that I somehow injured myself again.
I have an appointment with the surgeon as soon as possible, but it is still 2 weeks from now and I am really worried. Did I royally screw something up because of stupidity, or do you think it is just a flare-up that will go away in time?
If anyone can offer some reassurance it would be appreciated. Or even if you think I am messed up again a general "you're screwed now" would work so I can at least plan for future surgeries... Not knowing what is going on and what I should expect is the worst part.
I know many of you probably have it much worse than me but I am worried and I don't really have anybody to talk to who understands or is able to offer the type of support I need.
Thanks for listening.