Had a micro on L5 S1 on 7/31/14. Surgeon said it was in a good location and was easy to repair. Had a bout of this back in 08 and 1 EPI took care of it. It started to flare up on me in February of this year and I tried to do my own treatment of rest, ice light stretching etc. It somewhat improved for awhile and then when I gradually started to increase my activities it started to get worse. 4 weeks of PT followed with little or no improvement so off to the MRI and 2 EPI's. The first EPI worked for about 4 weeks where I got the pain down to about a 2 but as soon as I did any kind of activity it started back up again. The second EPI did nothing. I just couldn't get rid of the pain and was fearful of all the stories about nerve damage if not taken care of within 6 months so after consulting with 2 surgeons and being in my 5th month of this issue I decided to do it. I was scheduled to be at the clinic at 7 am and was out by 10:30 am. I immediately noticed the leg pain was missing and thinking the medication was the cause I was surprised the next day when I still had no leg/nerve pain. The only pain I had was from the incision in my back so I went out and walked very slowly for a half mile and have continued to increase my distance until today I did a brisk 3 mile walk in about 45 minutes. Still no leg pain and the back pain from the incision is disappearing also. I play a lot of slow pitch softball, golf and like to go to the gym 3 or 4 times per week. I was told not to bend, twist or lift anything over 5 lbs. for the first 2 weeks. So far so good. Seeing the Dr for my 2 week check up this week and not sure of what the next step will be. I've read a lot of different viewpoints on what to do and when to do it but I really would like to be back playing softball by the end of Sept for an annual charity tournament I have been involved with for 10 years but not sure when the bend, twist or lifting ban will be off. Note: I also don't want to re-herniate either. I was in reasonably good shape before the surgery and tried to do the Mckenzies and core strengthening several times a day as the pain permitted so the muscles wouldn't atrophy. What has anyone done to improve the effectiveness of their recovery from this type of surgery?