I'm 38 years old and had a L5/S1 microdiscectomy 9 days ago. Since this was my first ever surgery, I didn't really know what kind of recovery questions to ask, and though my surgeon has a friendly demeanor, he didn't really talk to me about what I would feel, especially as this is pain I have tried to deal with in other ways for about 5 years. My recurrence of leg and buttock nerve pain and numbness in my left foot had me so scared I called the office only to find my surgeon was out of the country! Of course surgeons deserve vacations, I would never suggest otherwise, but no one else seemed able to answer my questions and I really didn't know what to ask. I cried when I stumbled on this forum and heard all these stories, they have eased my stress level so much. I'm still incredibly paranoid about reherniation, but I'm at least not fighting down panic since I won't be able to speak to my surgeon for another 5 days or so. Sorry this is so long, I am really just grateful for all of your stories and advice!