I had a l5 s1 microdisectomy/laminectomy on 8/13/2014 and am now about one month out. I am having some pain the left butt cheek and pulling on the outer part of the left leg when sitting. I am only working right now part time 5 hours a day but i sit all day. I get up every hour to walk and stretch and when i am walking i do not feel much pain at all. the worst seems to be sitting as it is putting pressure on the butt. The surgeon says that this is normal and that it is post op pain and will over time subside. I am also noticing that i am having slight ankle swelling and have pain on the bottom of my foot when i get home, however when i get up in the morning and have not moved around all day the pain is not there and wanted to know if this is normal and if anyone else has had this issue. This is not a fusion as they just took the herniated part of the disc out. I was told that this is all normal and that over time this will all go away. I noticed that my leg has been swelling and that at the end of the day after sitting all day that my foot hurts and so does my ankle. I have asked numerous times for another mri and they will not give one to me, Is all this pain normal after having surgery or should this be something that i need to be concerned about as i have been very careful with what i have been doing.