I am currently 5 1/2 weeks post far left lateral microdiscectomy at L5-S1 and while my leg pain is much better, my lower back/hip pain/stiffness is much worse.
To be more specific: Prior to surgery the worst problem I had was severe lateral calf pain and that is now essentially gone. I also had a variety of foot pains/tinglings/numbness and that is still present but to a much lessor degree. Prior to surgery I had minimal achiness in my left lower back and hip area which decreased as the day wore on. Now when I wake up in the morning I am so sore/stiff in my lower back and hip that I can barely get out of bed and hardly move around for about an hour. This is far worse than I had presurgery. If my home were on fire in the middle of the night, I doubt I could get out in time!
What I was wondering is whether this is just part of the healing process or if I'm stuck with one problem instead of another (although I will admit this is not as bad as the original radicular pain I was having)? Have others had similar issues and if so what happened? Is this related to muscle trauma? To scar tissue? I'm hoping to get better and return to my previous very active life (running, exercising, etc.). I would welcome any thoughts or advice. Thanks.