Firstly, I want to thank you for this community as I am new, but have been reading through these threads a lot the past couple of weeks. I have had back pain for many years and had an MRI in August which showed a severely herniated L4/L5 disc. I currently live in Korea, so funding physical therapy and chiropractic care is a little more difficult. I was treating it twice a week with acupuncture, and still practicing yoga, but three weeks ago, the pain began to spread into my hip, leg, calf and foot. It was unbearable. I was not sleeping at night. I couldn't stand, sit, or walk, and only found a small amount of relief from lying on the opposite side of my body and extending the leg out. I went to another doctor who suggested an emergency microdiscectomy. My main doctor also agreed that this was the best course of action. The day I saw him, my foot had begun to drop and I had no movement in my right ankle and toes. I was terrified, and went through with the surgery the following day.
I have absolutely no leg pain now, and am recovering at home from the surgery, which took place 6 days ago. Because of the language problems, I am unsure of my boundaries. I have been taking light walks, and moving around the house a little, but I am afraid of doing too little or too much. I just wonder if I should be lying down as much as I am, and how I should be lying. I wonder if I should be doing any stretches just yet. I have slight pain in my back and a little pain in my right hip, but other than that, everything is just very tight. I've also got a back brace that I'm required to wear for the next 6-8 weeks. Any support or insight would really be appreciated. Thank you!