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3 years post opp, I think I re-herniated or something else?

Quick stats:
32 year old Male, 185lbs, 5'10"
DDG at L5/S1, herniated summer of 2010 playing golf, microdiscectomy/laminectomy performed February 2011.
I don't have health insurance, yet (probably in a few months).

Post op, I think I recovered fairly well. I became active, running/cycling, lost 30 pounds. I had what I considered nerve pain every now and then when I lifted anything over 60 lbs, but that usually went away after a few days. Car rides sometimes were painful after 2-3 hours, but I was able to manage.

I've been off of meloxicam for over 12 months, don't take pain medication. I've up 13 pounds from my low and was just getting ready to start running and doing mild workouts.

Last Thursday, my lower back felt weak/tired and it was a little sore, so I was trying to rest in bed. I had my two year old on my chest and sat up to put him down for the night. When I sat up, It felt a little strange, but I didn't think anything of it. Later that night, the pain came on like crazy. It hurt a lot to turn roll from side to side, and when I got up in the middle of the night to pee, I was hunched over and couldn't stand up straight (I was nauseous too).

Friday morning I was hunched over, but after putting a brace on I could stand up straight and go to work.

I had no back pain saturday night or sunday night. But, here is where I am completely freaked out. I'm having pain in my buttocks, hamstrings, toes, calves, back of knee. I'm very scared that I've herniated a disc again. Do the symptoms fit? Could it be something else? I'm looking into paying cash for an MRI (to compare with one I had in 2012 post op), but need to save up.

Thanks in advance.




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