I had surgery 07-29-11 microdisecotomy on l5-s1 . While I stay In hospital one night the dr. And nurse asking how was your pain level well to me after we all get any kind surgery your body in pain after that so my pain 7-8 so they give me pain medicine while I am still at hospital but soon I get home I total off the pain Medicine right alway because I think I can handle the pain . But first day I get home from hospital I can't barely seat down toilet I felt pain on my buttock to my leg like muscles straing but each day by day my pain on my leg better n better so I can seat down on toilet but now five days out of surgery already my pain on my buttock n left leg still pain that I can handle no need pain medicine . I question concern is how do you know you get reherniation? Cause some people after surgery they still on medicine and some will take off slowly . Please any friends here tell me more detail I appreciate it . Even thought I don't take any pain medicine since I got back home from surgery but I still felt pain on my buttock n my left leg .