I am 4 weeks and 2 days post op L4-5 microdiscectomy. I have been posting weekly to report my progress. Week 4 and 2 days I have intermittent mild discomfort in my left foot, between 2-4/10 but no longer have the severe sciatica pain in my left buttock or the tension along my leg that previously prevented me from doing simple things like shaving my legs or tying my shoes without pain. I went back to work at 2 1/2 weeks, part time and modified duties, since I have a moderately physical type job. I am 42 and prior to surgery working out in the gym 4-5 x per week and prior to symptoms worsening cycling on a road bike 38 miles on level surfaces and switchbacks. I hope to get back to the gym at 6 weeks focusing on treadmill walking building up to the elliptical and stair climber with lots of focus on core training avoiding any flexion or rotation. I told myself even though the surgeon said I can get back to cycling in 8 weeks I will wait 3 to 6 months to let the disc heal fully. I would love to hear about anyone who has a very fit and active lifestyle who has had a microdiscectomy and returned to sports or activities, as well as anyone who has had a successful outcome.