I'm five weeks out from a microdiscectomy L4-5, and everything is going really well. I am completely pain-free, and only have some slight tingling in my left foot and calf as the nerve heals. I know it's early, but I am thrilled and feel the surgery is a success so far. I'm walking 1.5-2 hours a day, and have since day one, which seems to have helped. I even entered an 8Km running race as a walker last weekend. I started swimming and physio two weeks ago and stationary cycling one week ago, and plan to resume my triathlon training as soon as my neuro and physio say I can. Considering that two months ago, I was using a cane and a walker to get around, and even then couldn't walk more than 20 meters at a time, I think I'm doin' OK. In summary, I feel like I have my life back. I go back to my work as a psychotherapist in 2 weeks, which is a drag because I have enjoyed having the summer off for the first time in a long time! I hope this post can give others some hope. I know in my darkest days earlier this year, reading about positive surgical outcomes was helpful.