Continued back pain after surgery
I had a microdiscectomy of the L5-S1 on July 12. On Monday it will be 6 weeks post surgery. For the first two weeks things were going very well - no leg pain and hardly any back pain at all. Then I must have moved the wrong way or something and all of the sudden in my third week I had alot of back pain - it hurt to sneeze, cough, bend, etc. I didn't have any leg pain but my back felt as bad as it did before the surgery. Since then I've been icing my back and taking it easy. I'll go on an occasional walk but nothing major. I've been in touch with my doctor and he doesn't seem concerned. Before surgery I also had back spasms on my left side. They subsided immediately after surgery but now they're back. I'm scheduled to start PT this week and I go back to my doctor September 1. Are the muscle spasms common? Should they have gone away and stayed away after surgery or is it possible that I did something to the disc in my third week to bring back the back pain and spasms?