I had a microdiscectomy l5 s1 herniation that was removed 3 months ago. I was having pain in my lower right side of my back, through my butt and down my right leg. The doctor and his assistant were shocked that I was still walking. I have blown out my knee and had my appendix burst and the pain from this was comparable. Post op in the hospital was relief because the pain was gone. Sure I had pain by my incision and if I moved too much in the wrong direction I could feel it. During my recovery I was told to not lift more than 10 pounds for 6 weeks which I pretty much did. There were a couple of times where I probably pushed myself too far. But I still felt better each day. I got to a point where the pain was gone and my only issue was getting my core and legs stronger.
Well it has been 3 months and I started feeling the same pains in my lower back and leg, but this time on the left side. The only thing I can think that is different is I started trying a few pushups and sit-ups lately. Other than that I haven't lifted anything heavy and haven't started running at all, just walking. Were the push ups and sit ups too much maybe? I am afraid I may have re-herniated the disc. Or is this part of the long process to recovery?
I know everybody's bodies are different and react differently. But any insight would be much appreciated.