First of all I'd like to say that this is one of the best forums I have come across online. It has been and it continues to be my source of information and support since I've herniated my disc in September last year. I'd like to thank you all for it!
I have had my discectomy (L4/5) 5 days ago. I have to say I am recovering quite well; much better from what I was expecting and imagining. As many, I am extremely concerned about reherniation and was hoping some of you would be able to answer a few of my questions. Since last night I have also started getting a temporal but relatively sharp pain on the left side of my lower back (precisely where it was hurting prior to my surgery). The pain is also radiating down my leg and below my left knee. It is exactly the same area that was hurting prior to the surgery. I am aware that, during my recovery, the pain will come and go and that the current leg pain may be a result of pushing myself too much (It was the first day I did a decent walk around a park). I should also note that the current pain is very mild when compared to the pre-op situation.
Nevertheless, I was hoping someone could advise me on the following:
1. What are the symptoms of reoccurring herniation?
2. Does it hurt as much as the previous ones (I am aware that the intensity varies) or can it be almost 'symptomless'?
3. Can reherniation be provoked by sneezing or coughing or it requires more pressure?
4. Did many of you get some form of leg pain after the surgery? Should I consider it to be 'normal'?
I look forward to your response - thanks in advance!