After dealing with lower back pain and terrible sciatica for 4 1/2 years I decided to finally get surgery. I'm now 5 days post op and have no sciatic pain at all. However I've encountered a terrible throbbing/pressure type of pain when my meds wear off and it's bad until the Vicodin kicks in.
I have very little numbness on my left toe cause of the scar tissue, but it should go away. As of day 2 I'm up and walking for about 15-20 minutes, but at the same token I'm getting plenty of rest.
So far days 3 and 5 have been the worse days as far as pain is concerned. It's imperative to take your pain meds right on time or you will suffer excruciating pain.