On 4/25/12 I had micro-disc @ L5-S1...
Pre-Op- I had severe sciatic pain down right leg to the the shin are. (Pins and needles pain). I had numbness and stabbing right buttock pain. I had very severe pinching pain at the L5-S1 part of spine (right side). The perfect wrong movement would cause the nerve to pinch causing severe pain and my lower back would give completely out for that split second. Sometimes I would turn in bed while sleeping and the nerve would pinch and it would wake me out of a deep sleep in thriving pain. I had a feeling of heaviness/slow response in my right foot.
Post-Op- 5/15/12 (21 days since surgery) I have large lump that has formed above the 1 inch incision area, it is tender and not extremely painful. So far at this point I noticed that the severe pinching nerve pain in my low back has seem to have been reduced by almost 75% which is awesome so far but I have seemed to develop a severe and intense stabbing/pinching pain in my side buttock/hip. It seems I've traded one problem for another or I just never noticed the new pain in the buttock/hip because the nerve pain in low back was so severe. I still seem to have numbness in my right leg, and my right leg and foot still seem heavy or slow responding. My low overall back seems to be more stiff than previous although It may just be the healing still taking place from the surgery.
Have people that have this type of surgery experienced what I have described, if so, what more should I expect for better or worse.