I'm 35, in fairly decent shape and had a microdiscectomy for a very large L5/S1 herniation back on 8/4. For the first few days, my leg pain was totally gone. Then, it began coming back. I noticed it most when I would get up from laying down. Definitely nowhere near the severity prior to the surgery, but troubling to have it resolved and then return. After walking around for a bit, it seems to go away until the next time I get up.
My doc said no PT until after my first follow-up (a month from surgery). I've read a lot of people on here who started much sooner.
I've had very limited mobility in my left leg from the herniation for nearly 4 months, so it's been a long time since I could fully extend my leg in a normal stride while walking. Should I be doing the 'hamstring glide' exercises from PT at least?
I've read a lot of stories on here of people finding their symptoms fully resolved after surgery, and I'm really worried that mine came back after only a few days. I'm pretty sure that I haven't reherniated my disc as I've been extremely careful. I had been walking up to a total of 2 miles (total, not all at once) throughout the day, but the nurse told me that I was overdoing it when I called and attributed that to the return of my pain. I've since dialed things back quite a bit and it seems to have had no positive effect on the pain.
So am I one of those people destined to have leg pain for the rest of my life or is this just part of the healing process? I'm also worried about what I've read about potential scarring of that region and don't want to encourage that by being too inactive. Anyone have any suggestions for me out there? They'd be greatly appreciated.