Not wanting to be a spiney who stops posting here when things are going well, I thought I would share some good news with my L4-5 microdiscecomy 16 days ago. Each day I have more mobility and can stand and walk for longer. I'm up to about 8 km/5 miles of walking a day spaced out over 2-3 walks. The original sciatica in my left leg, which was 8/10 most days, is completely gone when I walk. I have next to no pain in the lumbar area, only stiffness if I sit in a car or in a car for over 20 min. I have some residual nerve pain in my legs at night, and my hips hurt after 2-3 hours of sleep, but this is so minor compared to my pre-op state, and I know nerves heal slowly. My biggest problem is the incision, which still oozes a bit at night when I roll over, since the skin spreads a bit and pulls open the wound at the base. This will heal up soon, but it's annoying as hell. I'm still very cautious with everything to prevent reherniation, but it feels so good to be out of pain it's hard to not do stupid stuff like mow the lawn or go for a long bike ride. I hope the rest of the recovery continues like this, but I'm prepared to have setbacks as well.