I had L4-L5 microdiscectomy in mid-March (4 weeks ago) to resolve a severely herniated disc and terrible nerve pain that went all down my left leg, with numbness in the left toes. When I awoke from surgery, the nerve pain was immediately gone, and over the first 3 weeks post-surgery, I felt better each day, with no leg pain. It was hard to sit more than 30-45 minutes without some pain in the glutes and around the incision, but no leg pain. I started driving again, started sitting at the computer working from home, and I was walking every day. I definitely felt like I was on the road to recovery.
But then, at 4 weeks, the nerve pain in the left leg came back - with a vengeance. When I lie down flat, no pain; but when I sit or stand for just a few minutes, my left leg screams in pain - glutes, hamstrings, calf. Is this recurrence normal? I feel like I have been compliant with all instructions to take it slow, not lift, etc., but I am very concerned about the recurrence of the leg pain - which is unbearable.
NS said this can happen as the surgical anesthetic wears off and he put me back on a medrol dose pack, which I started yesterday, to see if the steroid will help. It would be helpful to hear from anyone who has had a similar recurrence of the nerve leg pain a few weeks post-surgery. Hopefully this is temporary. Any words of wisdom or similar personal experiences (hopefully positive!) would be much appreciated. Thanks.