I had a microdiscectomy for a fairly large (size of a quarter) herniation at my L5-S1 disc just over six weeks ago. My nerve pain was mostly gone the first two weeks, but since then, the pain seems to have come back. In the last week, especially, I've been feeling a kind of sharp, stabbing pain, mostly around the area of the incision and a bit into the buttock. It tends to be a mild discomfort most of the time, with periodic bursts of pain, for about 10-20 seconds. Some times I don't feel the discomfort at all; it goes in waves throughout the day, but I do feel it pretty much every day. Pain seems to not be associated with any particular activity, though I generally notice it more after sitting for a while, and also when I first wake up in the morning.
I'm really starting to worry about possible re-herniation. The doctor said that it can take 2-3 months for the nerves to calm down, but is this type of pain expected? It feels similar to the pain I had pre-surgery, but is centered closer to the incision area and is a bit less severe. Has anyone else experienced something similar? How do you tell apart inflammation vs re-herniation? If anyone has re-herniated, was it very obvious, or were the symptoms like what I described above?
Would appreciate any help! Thanks!