I was struggling with back pain since 2009 and had been diagnosed this year with a bulging L4/5 disc. In September I developed sciatica that was literally crippling and had no choice but to get surgery. My right foot even started going numb when the sciatic hit(came on pretty rapidly).
After the microdisectomy surgery on Sept 26, the sciatica was gone and so was pretty much all the lower back pain other than the soreness of the incision area. The foot numbness persisted (as it still does now in December). I would take lots of walks as my doctor suggested and I didn't have any discomfort from walking and resumed normal daily activity. At some point in mid November however, I begin noticing that my lower back would start to ache after walking for a while. Then it would seem to happen sooner and sooner. To make things worse, I had to move out of state December 3rd and spent a lot of time packing and carrying and lifting items which screwed things up even more but I had no choice. I was supposed to start physical therapy in mid November for a month but because of my move I wasn't able to.
I now have trouble bending at the waist, the foot numbness is still here and I can't be on my feet for more than 20-30 minutes before my lower back starts aching like hell and I have to sit down. Luckily the sciatica has not come back, but who knows.
Once my insurance gets switched over to my new state I'll contact a new doctor. I'm afraid that I'll have to get a spinal fusion. If it turns out I have re-herniated, what is the chance that a 2nd disectomy will be successful? What's the likelihood that physical therapy can address this? I'm waiting for insurance paperwork to go through so I can go to a doctor but all these questions are running through my mind and really worried.