I know this has been asked many times before, but I'm still scared and hoping to get advice and input.
I had my microdiscectomy on July 2, 2013 on L4/L5. I had a micro-d on L5/S1 back in 2005.
It has been almost 3 months since that second surgery and for the first 6 weeks or so I felt AMAZING. No back pain at all. I had numbness and weakness in my leg but that has been getting better. But the past few weeks the back pain has been creeping up again. I'm stiff and sore at night and in the morning. I had chalked it up to increasing the work done during physical therapy and moving across the country (and doing too much bending, lifting and twisting). I didn't do much during the move, but it was still more active than I have been in months.
Now, today, the pain feels similar to the way it did before the surgery. My back feels like it's "seizing up" when I change positions. I'm walking crooked. I just generally feel scared and sore.
The day before yesterday I did "dry needling" during my PT session because my back had really been hurting and my PT recommended it. I felt great when I walked out and VERY stiff and sore today. I accidentally twisted and lifted today and the pain made me gasp out loud.
I know the only real answer is to get an MRI, but since I just moved across the country my regular doctor is back in LA and I'm in Atlanta. I won't be able to get in to see a NS for a few weeks at least.
I am desperately hoping that this increase in pain is my back's way of telling me that I have been doing too much and that I need to take it easy for a while, but deep down I am scared that I reherniated somewhere along the way.