I had major L1-S5 herniation and a micro-discectomy almost 4 weeks ago.
I have been doing great. Getting stronger to the point that I have hit 3 miles walking daily (45 mins), doing PT (including TvA and multifidus strengthening), and even back to work. My incision is all but closed and I have very little muscular discomfort.
Then, all of a sudden, after 3 weeks, I have started getting nerve pain (same type of pain as before) down my opposite leg and buttocks. It is more centered around my hamstring than the outside of the leg, but it is not muscular pain. I feel it when standing straight and extending a straight leg forward (which was the sure sign of a herniation the first time). The pain is not severe (1 or 2 at the most), but I am emotionally "down" and it is on my mind.
Question for the group ... is this in any way at all typical? SHould I be concerned? I am going to the doc again on Thursday.
One other thing ... I haven't been on pain meds since week 1 but wonder if going back on the NSAIDS makes sense. Will call my doc's assistant on that on Monday.
Thanks again and best of luck to you all.