I had L5 S1 discotemy (sp?) surgery (12 weeks ago) to repair a very large herniated disc. I had immediate relief from the sciatic pain going down into my right leg. It was so wonderful! I am now 12 weeks out, and do not have the leg pain (except for occasional pulling if I stretch too far). But my ongoing problem is now horrible soreness and stiffness even with stretching and exercises daily. It is still difficult for me to stand in one place for longer than 5 minutes, walk for longer than 10 min., and sit for longer than 20 min. Also, bending over is an absolute nightmare! It hurts so bad! I am so frustrated! I am supposed to be looking for a new job cuz I lost my other one due to this injury! But I can't even sit very long to do job searches! The only relief is lying on the couch with a heating pad on my lower back! Idk what else to do cuz I have been cleared by my spine surgeon to go back to full duty work. Am I just being a baby and need to get over this? Or should I go back to the surgeon and talk to him about my ongoing problems?