Hi there, I'm brand new to this site and would like to share my post surgical experience to see if others have had anything similar. I am a generally healthy and fit 46 year old male who has biked centuries (100 mile races) and run marathons. I had a discectomy at L4/L5 for sciatic pain in my left butt and leg back in Oct 2010. I experienced immediate relief of pain and recovered very quickly. I was back to work after a week and off all pain meds after a week as well. After doing PT and getting all of my movement back, I was pain free and able to do everything I wanted to do up until Jan 2013..
In Jan 2013, I re-herniated the same disc; however, my symptoms were on the right side. I tried conservative treatment again, but the pain got so bad, I had a repeat discectomy Aug 9th. I am just over 5 weeks post op and was doing great, leg pain gone, incision healing well up until a couple of days ago when the butt pain and calf pain returned. It is not as bad as per-surgery, but I'm quite scared because I didn't have this experience last time. I don't think I have re-herniated because I can lift my leg straight and coughing doesn't seem to make the pain worse.
Has anyone else experienced a return of nerve pain? Is it temporary? Any ideas of what might be causing this nerve irritation?
Thanks for your support.