Hi all, I am now a little over 2 months post L5-S! microdiscectomy surgery and am hoping to hear from some of you with similar experiences. About 4-5 weeks after surgery my symptoms started gradually returning and worsening, including tingling/numbness down my left leg and glute area. A full day of being active and moving around, standing most of the time and sitting for shorter periods, increases the pain and discomfort in my lower back and elsewhere to the point where its basically unbearable. I experience what feels like a lot of muscle tightness but is probably caused by increased nerve irritation as the nerve is healing. Sitting is the worst thing I can do by far as the tingling/numbness comes back right away.
The only thing that seems to help is to lay down on my bed, either on my back or on my side. I had a few days off work where I walked for 30 min. on the treadmill in the morning, stayed off my back and rested for most of the day, and then walked for 30 more min. on the treadmill at night. This seemed to help the symptoms decrease a good amount. However, a full work week where I cannot keep this exact routine worsens the symptoms more and more.
It seems that others may have experience similar things post surgery, so please let me know if you have and how you handled it. Walking increases my tightness a bit but then the next day I feel better than the previous day, as long as isn't a work day. Should I be walking even more than have? Is there anything else you may have done to help with these symptoms?