My name is Chris. I had a microdiscectomy September 10th of this year. I was told after around 6 weeks I could start doing some light workouts. So starting mid November (so maybe 8 weeks post op) I started doing pushups, planks, and cycling. I'd do it an average of twice a week, 4 sets of 55 pushups and 4 sets of 1 minute planks with 30 minute cycling. My back felt a little sore after cycling after those sessions but felt fine after a little stretching afterwards.
The first week of December, on one of the days I did that same workout but instead of 30 minutes on the bike I decided to do an hour. I'd say two mornings later was when I knew something was wrong because I began to feel right leg pain along with the occasional back soreness.
A few days later Iater (around December 5 or 6) I started getting sciatica symptoms (radiating pain down the right leg, piriformis syndrome like feeling), feet feeling a but numb). It's been about a week and a half since then (today is the 18th), I only feel leg pain sometimes, and it's weird because some days it'll hurt and some days it won't as much. When I sit on my kitchen table seat it doesn't really hurt. But today I drove somewhere and I was feeling some radiating pain down my right leg, not too bad around a 3/10. I don't really have leg pain when I walk and barely any pain when I lay down. The foot numbness and piriformis syndrome feeling is gone(I think). But I have a positive straight leg test. I didn't try a straight leg test until after this incident so I don't know how my leg would have felt prior.
Other notes, I am able to touch my toes with my leg straight when stretching and straighten my leg when sitting down on a chair but resting it on another, things I was unable to do pre-op and without much pain. Sitting down for a long time also isn't as bad. So I guess, my pain is random? But I know for sure that I get a positive straight leg test, which I know is a big indicator of a herniated disc.
I've been reading forums and articles online and have read that my nerves could still be healing, that I woke them up or they're just inflamed...anyone have any opinions? I just feel like an idiot because this was totally preventable. I should have stopped cycling each time when my back started to feel sore. And I shouldn't have been doing that many pushups in the first place. I am already preparing for the worst. My next post op appointment with the doctor is early January so I am trying to see if my back and leg get better by then. But please share your opinions if you have any because I think about this most of the day, guessing if I am going to be alright or not.