After herniating my L5-S1 14 months ago, I finally had my microdiscectomy four days ago. And like a lot of others on this forum, I’m super paranoid about reherniating and have been as careful as possible.
Pre op, my pain was entirely in my left buttocks and back of my leg. Now, post op, my leg pain seems to be centered around my calf/ankle area. I’m making sure to do everything necessary for recovery (good diet, rest, getting up and moving every 30 mins), but the leg pain is pretty intense, even with the oxycodone and ibuprofen my doctor prescribed me.
A lot of posts in this forum seem to indicate that the longer a nerve was damaged, the longer it will take to heal. So I guess my question is about how long should the nerve take to heal itself? If I herniated 14 months ago, should I expect a pretty long period of discomfort before turning the corner?