Re: Post discectomy symptoms
I would go back and take whatever precautions and careful living you used immediately following your surgery, and just "baby" your back. You probably just caused a bit of inflammation if you were busy over the holidays -- maybe did a few things that aren't on your normal schedule -- even carrying some heavier packages is enough to set off a minor flare.
One thing to keep in mind is, regardless of the success of the surgery, the back will never be the same as it was prior to the onset of pain or injury. So you can expect to have a resumption of pain from time to time. Take NSAIDs or ibuprophen for any inflammation; try icing it for 15-20 minutes at a time, being careful to protect the skin; watch your body mechanics and structural alignment.
Hopefully, it is just a minor bump on the road. At six months the disc that was surgically altered is just toughening up, so even though you've felt "well" for awhile, your body is still in healing mode.