I've been reading on this forum for the past year so I thought I'd finally take the time to introduce myself and hopefully find some answers to a problem that just occurred. I'm a 31 yr old male who herniated the L5-S1 disc approximately six years ago. For the first 2-3 years I had very little symptoms and could generally do sports without much pain. However, for the past few years I would go through months where the pain in my right ankle was unbearable.
I finally made the decision to have the microdiscectomy on June 17, 2014 (about 6 weeks ago). Upon coming home all of the pain was gone and every now and then I would have some sensation down my hamstring but never bad. I was off the pain meds within three days of surgery and onto advil. I started walking three miles per day about one week after the surgery. In the past few weeks I have done walks as far as five miles. I have also done some traveling but have been careful to get up and stretch my legs every hour while on airplanes. Fortunately, I work from home so I have made my recovery a priority.
However, this morning I woke up and could not even walk 500 feet without limping. The pain down my leg and into my ankle is very intense. It hurts to sit. For the past week, I've been feeling some sensation in my hamstring area but nothing bad enough to prevent me from walking at least a mile per day. As I mentioned above, I'm about 6 weeks out from the surgery.
The doctors have always told me that my nerve was inflamed for so long it would take time to heal. I realize there's a chance that I somehow reherniated my disc but does anyone think this could be part of the healing process and my nerve suddenly became inflamed? I was on a business trip this week and took a 2.5 hr flight yesterday but have not done anything else strenuous in the past day.
Thank you in advance for all of you help.