“I had the disc herniation for about 11 months from weightlifting before deciding to go through with surgery”. This worries me somewhat as chronic compression of a nerve root can have long term effects-something called chronic radiculopathy.
“since week 3 I have had extreme and constant achey pains in my entire left leg. It seems like they are barely subsiding if at all”. The four possibilities are a seroma (a collection of fluid compressing the root), a recurrent herniation (or incomplete extirpation), an infection (rare but possible if you fell poorly) and chronic radiculopathy.
If labs are normal (no infection) you could try an oral steroid. If these symptoms continue, a new MRI would be the next step.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.