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Newbie here, 2.5 weeks out from L5-S1 microdiscectomy...
I found this site through Bodybuilding.com, very nice to see a lot of folks who understand this sort of thing. I had been suffering since March 2007. I didn't even know what I had until the pain forced me to see a doctor.
Anyway, I'm 2.5 weeks out and feel great after my surgery. Doc still won't let me do any flexion of the waist from a standing position or lift anything, so I don't know if the pain is COMPLETELY gone or not, but all seems up right now.
I'm 27, 5'10", 200 lbs. so it's a little early for me to be having these problems I would think. Basically a victim of trying to play sports like I was 18 when I'm 27 and overweight.
Anyway, just signed up so I guess I'll post more of my experiences later. Really feels like I can get my life back now. Nice to meet all of you!