Re: Lumbar surgery a success or failure?
The first thing that pops out in your post is that you were sitting for hours. Even someone with a healthy spine needs to get up and stretch. After surgery, patients are usually told not to sit for more than a short time, like 20-30 minutes at a time, tops. Sitting puts 30% more pressure on the spine than either walking or standing.
My guess is that you have caused some inflammation in the surgical area. The tissue has swollen up and is probably pressing on one of the spinal nerves. Hopefully that's all that is wrong.
Have you tried icing the area to see if it helps? You can use ice for 15-20 minutes per hour around the clock --a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel or a gel pack work well for this purpose.
If your symptoms do not clear up soon, perhaps your doctor can give you a medrol pack or some sort of steroid to get the inflammation under control. Sometimes they will have a patient get an epidural steroid injection, for the same purpose. Or perhaps the doctor will decide to have you get a MRI to be sure you have not reherniated. Some doctors are more reluctant to order one than others, so soon after surgery.
And speaking of so soon...you are still in early recovery from your surgery. Remember that it takes a good six months for the disc to scab over and for it to toughen up. During this time period, you need to be particularly vigilant...being sure to avoid bending, twisting, pushing, pulling and lifting anything heavier than the restrictions given to you by your surgeon. Drink lots of fluids, try to walk every day for exercise, and practice good posture and body mechanics. Doing all these things will give you the best chance of a successful outcome.