I've posted on here a few times. I had herniation L5S1 2012 and microdiscectomy after conservative treatments failed (7 months). 3 and half weeks ago, bent down to pick something up and searing pain in right leg (same as last time). I've been to specialist and waiting for MRI. I keep reading that prolonged rest is not advised and have been advised to have relative rest. I'm on 75mg codeine every 4 hours and 150mg pregablin. The problem is that standing or walking or stiting in any capacity is absolute agony. I've tried to keep moving and force myself to walk for 5-10 mins per day. Every time I get home from my walk, I end up in tears, sweating, heaving and it takes me from 1-6 hours lying down for the pain to subside. I sat for 1 hour the other day and the pain was so horrendous, I thought I would pass out.
Should I be pushing through the pain and walking and sitting or is it better to rest? I'm so confused but want to do try anything to avoid surgery again (if possible). I also have physio 2x week and try to do leg stretches from my bed. Please can someone help?