I wonder if anyone can give advice or reassurance.
I had severe sciatica on my right hand side shortly after giving birth to my daughter in 2014. I had a terrible time with it for months, unable to walk and in a lot of pain. I eventually had a microdiscectomy for L5/S1 herniation in December. I was immediately much better, although recovery was slow. The consultant (am based in the UK, if it makes a difference) said it would probably be a few months until I was totally recovered. A year on, I had still been experiencing pain, but getting better all the time - riding a bike, walking and driving ok etc. I came off Tramadol a couple of months ago, although was still on Naproxen and Amitryptaline, and was ending the year on a really positive note.
Then I woke up on New Year's Day in pain, not severe, but a pain that felt new. I (stupidly?) decided to plough through and got for a big walk. But the last couple of days the pain has been consistent, if not getting worse - and I'm back on Tramadol (though have only been taking 1 or 2 a day - it's not the level of pain I was at at my worst by any means).
I'm worried that this kind of pain is back (pain mostly in my lower back, sacrum area, though it goes down my leg a bit). My big worry too, is that it seems to be affecting my left leg more than my right leg, which was the original side.
I'm going to get a doctor's appointment when they reopen on Tuesday, but I'd be really grateful to hear any experiences - should I be worried? Is this just part of recovery, or could this be something new? I have a 19 month old kid now and I'm so worried about going back to where things were at.
Thanks in advance for any advice,