I am a 17 year old male who recently had a microdiscectomy on my l4 l5 disk about 4 weeks ago. I have had leg and some back pain for over a year now before I finally had surgery. Now, 4 weeks later I still have leg pain, enough pain where I cant lift my left leg off the ground more than 5 inches. I cant straighten my leg, and whenever I lift my leg I feel INTENSE pain in my hip and left buttock. Im scared that I may have this pain for a long time and I cant afford having this pain for too much longer, not only because it hurts but also, I am a very competitive basketball player who needs to go to college camps this summer to show the colleges that have wanted me that I am still good. Im going to see my Neurosurgeon this friday after I get my post OP MRI tomorrow. Im very confused and all I want to do is to play ball again. Anyone that has been in my position? How long did it take you for your pain to go away? Oh and also I am starting PT today.