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To anyone with a extruded (ruptured annulus) disk. I just had surgery last Monday on my L5/S1. Same day surgery. I am already walking 2-3 miles per day and started on light weight workouts and can ride a stationary bike. I have almost no pain other than some residual nerve soreness which will go away in a couple of weeks. If you are considering surgery for cronic sciatic pain, check this form of surgery out. It's a fairly new procedure. You can get info on it on or google "metrx microdiscectomy". Good luck to all, I tried to deal with this for over a year and all dr.'s and even my accupuncturist said it was time.