I just wanted to check in to see if this is considered normal. I had a discectomy (L5/S1)on October 5th. Other then a spinal fluid leak, the surgery seemed successful and my pain was gone. I started PT after Thanksgiving and have been going 2x a week. Two weeks ago, while touring a preschool, my left side went numb and cold, which my Doctor's Assistant and I decided was from my carrying a heavy bag on my left side. It went away, but since then, I have had recurrent pain in my left hip, left calf, a toes. It is in no way the same level of pain I had before. I spoke to my PT and she thinks I probably tweaked the nerve, while one of the other PT's said it could be a possible reherniation/new herniation. The pain is mild - more of an annoyance. It's just noticeable in the left calf (the electrical current sort of pain. I plan on calling my surgeon on Monday, but wanted to know if anyone else experienced this sort of thing during recovery, and if so, how long should I expect these little flare ups? Will the be a part of my life now, or do they subside as the healing continues. Thanks everyone!