Originally hurt my back in my early 20's installing optics tables in a physics lab. Diagnosed with a L4-5 disc herniation. Tried for a year to avoid surgery. Finally after 3 epidurals, pt, chiropractic, etc I had an open discectomy in 1996. Took 6-8 weeks to recover but things worked out pretty well. I was able to do almost everything I wanted to - play basketball, did a triathlon, run 5ks, volunteer with scouts. Things were going pretty well, I started having a flareup or two a year starting about 5 years ago. It would lay me up for a week or so but I would always get back up. Starting last year, I started having flareups every month - spasms, back pain, leg pain etc. I started physical therapy at work to try to prevent the flareups but they got worse. Last December I had one of my normal flareups which never got better. I spent the holidays completely immobilized and in agony. Had an MRI early january that showed a protrusion and extruded herniation close to 4 cm in size with sever central stenosis. Had micro-discectomy on the 8th of February. Things were going really well with recovery until this morning when I had massive, stabbing pain when I tried to put on my shoes this morning(when I crossed my right leg over my left). Pain is OK if I lie down but ramps up as soon as I stand up. Worried that I might have re-herniated the disc.