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Lumbar disc healing time

I extruded my L3-L4 disc 5 months after having stenosis decompression surgery on that level. Generally, what is the reasonable healing time for the disc before one can increase exertion, activity intensity, etc.? My surgeon said 6-8 weeks of no BLT just like after the surgery but didn't discuss much else at the time. I opted for conservative care for this extrusion (rest, ESI and post-op PT exercises) and I'm currently pain-free but I can feel that area is tender and I can irritate it if I increase my exertion level. I've read that resorption will take care of the nucleus fragment but what about the disc wall healing up so I can BL&T, cycle, jog, work around the house, etc? Can an injured disc at this level heal enough to resume non-ballistic loads, etc.? I've read where some weight lifters herniate discs and then resume weight lifting within a year or so. That just sounds dangerous.
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