Had surgery to remove herniation on left side of L5S1 on 11/2/2011. Was up and walking six hours after surgery with none of the prior pain and numbness down left leg. Built up to one mile walk by six weeks out. After two sessions of physical therapy, muscle spasms were so bad I could not continue PT. This pain slowly receded over a three week time frame. Surgeon ordered an MRI, and results showed small fragment on right side of disc. Also revealed inflammation in the area, and no nerve impingement. Now five months in the lower back spasms are back. Must take muscle relaxers 4x a day to be able to move around the house. This has been going on for three weeks now.
My question is, could this be a re-herniation? There is no radiation with my new pain, and it is transverse across my lower back. Spasms are worst on movement especially on change of position. Is this normal and temporary?