I’m new here but have found this forum very helpful prior to surgery. I had a L5/S1 microdiscectomy for a fairly large herniation 3 weeks ago. Immediately after surgery the sciatic pain along my right leg was completely gone aside from foot tingles. During my recovery I would walk 30-40 minutes a day and would either be standing or lying down on my back. I rarely sat down. Fast forward to the last two days. I have been experiencing pains similar to what I have felt prior to surgery but not as intense. I started feeling lower back pains then the next day calf pains, front thigh, and now inner thigh. I am supposed to start my period within the next few days. Is this normal pre-menstrual cramps? Is there a correlation with your menstrual cycle and sciatica? Has anyone else gone through something similar? I know 3 weeks post-op is still pretty early to be fully recovered but I am starting to worry. I don’t bend, lift, or twist, and honestly just lay on my back on the bed or couch. I cant seem to think of anything I could have done to reherniate the disc either.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!