I had posted some of this on the sciatica/leg pain area and was encouraged to post it here too.
Quick one year update: I haven't posted for awhile and for that I apologize. I had some other health issue that have taken my focus. An unruptured brain aneurysm (now coiled) that was discovered as a direct result of my back injury (long story). At any rate, I wanted to let you know that there can be light at the end of the tunnel. One year ago this month I was in the hospital for a micro discectomy on L5 S1 from a rupture after being pushed in a charity 10K race. I was in pretty bad shape and did the standard PT and epidural blocks prior to surgery. Things were going from bad to worse so I opted for the surgery. I had a very difficult recovery process. Three months post and I was still in some serious pain, but then things slowly began to improve. At that time I was more focused on the brain issue than anything. I completed 6 weeks of PT then went for 6 weeks more of Pilates based PT. By the holidays, I was doing OK but still depressed that I was unable to do any real cardio exercise. I was an avid runner and really missed it. Somehow this spring I was able to go for a short jog without suffering any sciatic pain. I slowly increased it and just last week I did my first 5K since the accident. I did pretty good time too 22:45! Now, I know I now have a "new normal" and some of things I was able to do before will be out of the question - but I feel like I have some of my life back. This Board has been a God send. Best to all in your recovery.