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I'm female, 37 and had an L4/L5 microdiscectomy at end of July 2007 following disk herniation/chronic sciatic pain in the right calf. MRI showed large herniation and had operation privately at Nuffield hospital. Was up and moving around the day after the op. Initially the leg pain improved although I was obviously stiff and sore at surgical site. However, I'm now 5 months on and I still have some leg pain, although nothing like as much crazy pain as I was experienced pre surgery. I also notice that my right leg is very heavy at times and aches and also burns at times along the shin. The leg also aches around the knee and ankle.. the pain seems to shift around all over the leg. I had physio 4 weeks after the op. I'm walking a lot, doing my exercises each morning and cycling. However, I find that standing makes my back ache... even for short periods, so I hate standing around now. Sitting is fine. Driving makes my leg ache. My back didn't really ache like it does now prior to surgery. How is everyone else doing that had similar surgery in the summer?
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