I am nearly 7 weeks post L5/S1 microdiscectomy for a large herniation. I had a setback a few weeks ago and have since been in pain. Sneezing whilst sitting down a few days ago did not help. I just hope I haven't reherniated. I don't have pain in my legs but I have been having a lot of pain in my lower back since the setback. It's hard for me to walk too much without Valium and I've been pulling to one side (crooked torso).
Anyway, to cut a long story short I am not taking anymore opioids and I'm actually getting relief from 4mg of Valium. My question is this: Does me getting relief from muscle relaxants indicate that the pain I'm currently experiencing is muscular (i.e. my set back from a few weeks ago irritated the muscles and nerves but I did not rehearniate) ?
L5/S1 Microdiscectomy for large herniation on 9/11/2013