I've looked though the site and Googled "tense muscles" "herniated disc surgery" and I can't find a lot of info about this.
I had surgery on Dec. 2, 2014 for S1/L5. It was a discectomy, I believe. I suffered from severe sciatica in my right leg for 3 months prior to my surgery and didn't feel any discomfort in my left leg. I'm 33, not overweight, and prior to sciatica, I was very active - I'm a mom of 3 kids so I have to be.
My question to you is that I have incredibly tense muscles. My right calf, both thighs and my hips get tense at different times throughout the day. I'm doing what I should: increasing my walking times, not sitting for too long, resting, not bending, etc. Is it common? It kind of freaks me out that I'm feeling it in my left leg when before surgery I didn't. It doesn't hurt, but it feels like I worked out for hours. I ice my muscles for 15 minutes and it helps while I'm doing it, but then comes back. I also had a cortisone shot on November 6 so sometimes I feel that that could be masking pain - it masked the pain prior to my surgery too.
It's very hard for me to get a hold of my surgeon to ask these quetions. I'm seeing my family doctor and have a follow up appointment at the hospital on Feb. 2, 2015.
Thank you for any ideas you may have.