My micro was at L4-5 April 27, 2012. I had a 7 yr history of terrible sciatica on the left side. I am 4 mospost op and my sciatica is gone. I have had 2 set backs since my surgery, both which scared me thinking I might have reherniated from pushing myself too hard in the gym again but both times the nerve pain resolved within 1 to 2 wks. Now I have been working out at a moderate level, about 75% of what I used to do and I have gone for 2, two hour hikes on hills, working full time without limitations and I can sit at my computer for 1 hour or so without needing a break without any problem. I haven't returned to cycling my usual 30-38 mile ride because I'm apprehensive about being in a forward flexed position for 2 or 3 hours but I may start with a 10 mile ride soon and see how it goes. I hope anyone out there fresh from this surgery is patient as it was not easy the first several weeks. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Biggest advice, don't overdo it too early!