I am new to all of this and have joined the forum out of curiosity more than anything else.
I am male, 46 yrs old and from Yorkshire in the UK. I am 2 weeks post-op L4/L5 microdiscectomy, no meds, and completely pain-free. I have been walking up to 3 miles 3 times a day since day 4.
I only have some low-level residual tingling / cold / numbness sensation in my foot when lying down.
Reading the many posts, I cannot see anyone in a similar position, and I am wondering if this cannot last. Am I one of the success stories? Or is this the calm before the storm? I know I still have the risks of scar tissue and a recurrance to contend with.
Before I agreed to surgery, the neurosurgeon said back to work after 2-3 weeks, and normal physical activity after 8 weeks. He told me that he has had patients playing competitive contact sports after 8 weeks.
I am under no illusions that I will be one of these, and I have decided to take 6 weeks off work, and return to normal physical activity after 12 weeks.
I feel desperately sorry for anyone still in pain post-op, but can anyone relate to my situation?