Just found this forum, what a wealth of information! Short background, had an MicroD 3 years ago on L5/S1 after herniating the disc lifting my kids. Had the operation and had immediate relief from the nerve pain in the right leg. Fast forward to December 2014, I came down with a cold and developed a severe cough. After coughing for about 3 days I started to develop pain in the back and started to feel that familiar nerve pain in the right leg. Tried to take it easy for a few weeks but the pain gradually increased and then one night I woke up in extreme pain after falling asleep on my right side. The familiar pain in the right leg was back and I knew immediately I herniated that disc again. I started to lose feeling and had numbness on the rear of my right leg all the way down into the foot and last 3 toes, as well as lost strength in the leg. I got in for an MRI and my Orthopedic Surgeon confirmed what I already knew and he wanted to operate ASAP since I had the numbness and strength loss. Had the fusion on January 27th and spent 3 days in the hospital. The first week was awful, everything hurt. The surgical area no longer hurts but I still have numbness and pain in the right leg. My right foot also seems cold to the touch at times, I'm hoping that since it's still early in the recovery that these issues will go away. I had my first follow up appointment on Thursday and they put me on a steroid to help with the inflammation on the nerve, but has anyone else had a similar experience? Feeling much better over the last couple days but still bothered by the numbness.