So I was doing pretty well up to the 3 week mark in terms of recovery. I'm now on week 4. Some new numbness on the affected side and residual pain, but many improvements. My microdiscectomy was L5-S1.
7 days ago I had a setback. Gently exercising and felt a 'pop' in my back (almost like a joint had slipped somehow) and some mild pain on the opposite side that lasted about a second. Since then I have had sciatica symptoms on the opposite side (in buttocks and occasionally down the leg). They are not very intense and not there all the time, but disturbing when you are used to how it feels! Never really had any symptoms on the opposite side before surgery. I had noticed a few 'crunching' sensations a couple of days after surgery on that side too initially.
It hasn't worsened and extension exercises seem to help, but it's still there for sure. Has anyone else had this happen?
I have physio appointment next week and will make a GP appointment, and if it doesn't settle in a few weeks I will go back to the neurosurgeon. Just hoping it isn't a contralateral herniation.... ugh.