Hi all. I had a micro discectomy on a bulging L5 S1 disc last week. Right away I saw a 50- 75% improvement in my leg pain. 5 days in I went back to work - 45 minute drive. I had a bit of leg pain getting out of the car but it subsided in a few seconds. I walked into my office, which is kinda cold, and sneezed. Instant pain all the way down my leg. It got worse over the course of the day. An MRI showed a reherniation and I'm scheduled for another micro discectomy next week.
I really want this one to stick this time so I had some questions.
1) which is easiest on my disc: standing, sitting, or lying down?
2) is there anything else to avoid besides lifting, bending, or twisting?
3) is a newer cushier car better on my back than an old jalopie? I drive a 92 Saab which has a ride similar to a Jeep and seats to match. I can switch with my wife for a month if it would protect the disc better. She has a smooth riding new Volvo.
4) should I limit my time in the car? What about flying? We have a wedding to go to in early October? Should we fly instead of taking a 6 hour drive?
Thanks all. This site is a Godsend.