I am new to this forum and am wondering if someone can offer some advice on what to expect when recovering from L5 laminectomy/discectomy surgery. I was sent home with basically no instructions other than no lifting, bending, or twisting and to walk. What I don't understand is how much is too much? If I stay home and just do the basic walk every hour type stuff I am fine. However, when I attempt to go grocery shopping, I do have someone with me so I am not lifting, the next day my sciatic pain returns. So I rest and get better, than go out again and the pain is back. Wondering if this is something that will get better with time and is normal or if I am just doing too much too soon. I am lucky and don't have to rush back to work but am ready to get back to a normal life also. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Don't go back to see my neurosurgeon until another week and a half.