I had an emergency discectomy at L5-S1 8 months ago. The numbness and weakness in my left leg has been steadily improving and until 6 weeks ago I was completely pain free in my back. However, pain has been slowly returning, as has sciatica. I am currently undergoing physical therapy for a labral tear in my right hip which includes a lot of core and pelvic strengthening. My therapist felt that if my back pain was simply due to an alignment issue or such like the protocol I am currently under would be more than adequate to correct it. She recommended I contacted my neurosurgeon who ordered an MRI with and without contrast. The results came back with nothing of concern and no indication of a relapse. He is going out of town today and not able to see me for two weeks. What could be causing this pain? Has anybody else had a similar experience? I am struggling to bend down and dress myself in my current condition, surely this can't be normal??
Thanks in advance for any advice,