I'm 7 weeks post op for an L5/S1 microdiscectomy and laminectomy. I had a large fragment sitting on my sciatic nerve for 7 months. Up until last week I was feeling great, PT was going well and I was getting a lot of mobility back with very minimal annoyance from my sciatic. Last weekend I did some house work and probably pushed myself a bit too much and the next two days my lower back and leg were really sore (nothing new), but on Tuesday I went to take a sock off and an intense sciatic pain shot down my leg... it was the worst sciatic pain I had felt since this all started, I literally was breathing so heavy I almost fainted. Since that time I have taken a 6 day steroid pack and taken pain killers. The pain is less, but it's generally concerning because the pain happened in one instance and not just a hangover from pain that was already there. The nurse that gave me the steroids said it might just be a flare up from the sciatic because i made an awkward movement and agitated the nerve, but I'm scared about a reherniation. Does anybody have any insight on what the reherniation process is? How did it happen to you? Does this sound familiar? The pain is bearable and I'm not in a dire situation like some of the stories I've read on here and if this pain persists I can deal with it, but I'd like to get a sense of how I should go forward from people who know from experience.