I had a laminectomy L5/S1 and a discetomy L4/L5 on 12/11/12. It has been 3 1/2 months. Post surgery the pain in my leg was gone. I stayed out of work for 8 weeks and walked a lot everyday. I started PT two weeks after the surgery and went two times a week for 7 weeks. I also did exercises every day. The feel way better than I did pre-op. I feel that I was conservative and did all the rehab.
I have muscle tightness on the other side of my back. The tight/sore muscles are even about four inches above my incision. It is just weird how it is on the opposite side and higher up on my back. It really is only bad at night. I sleep ok but wake up when I roll over. It also bothers me if I sit at work for a long time. Movement and walking really help. I tried to get a deep tissue message last week. The therapist was really good and it did really help for a few days. She said I need to retrain the muscles and to come back every two weeks for a while. I will try it even though it gets a little expensive.
I would like some feedback on anyone else who has had this issue. A friend of mine said it took her a year to feel completly normal again. I hope that is the case. I can wait it out. I just worry a little that if I am not proactive about it, I will be trading the sciatica for muscle soreness.
This being said, I feel the surgury was a success.