I am 5 weeks post-op of having an L4-L5 discectomy. When my surgeon opened my back up he discovered I had a condition called Cojoined Nerve Root - my nerve root had a branch off of itself going through the same foramin - so not only did I have a herniation pressing on my nerve root but it was also being compressed by the tightness of the space that they both were trying to pass through. My surgeon had to end up making my incision longer and going up and behind to get to the herniated area to clean it up. He said my nerves were "extremely angry looking" and he was surprised I lasted as long as I did or that I could even walk. Needless to say, he had to also widen the foramin for these two nerves to pass through easier without being compressed. He has told me it will take a long time for my nerves to heal. I know I felt better 2 weeks ago and now I am having a lot of nerve pain. The burning in my feet, at times, is almost unbearable. I don't go back for my second follow-up until 4 weeks from now. I don't feel the nerve pain constantly, but I have noticed when I feel it that I am also,having a bit of back pain as well. I wish I had a better understanding of how long I am looking at for nerve roots to heal. At this point, I am not sure how I will be able to bear going back to work and sitting at my desk for 8 hours a day.