I am set to have surgery next week after dealing with herniated disck pain(l5-s1) for over a year. Prior to this I have always been very active, hiking, running, rock climbing, weight lifting ect. Does anyone know the recovery time for me to get back modestly. During these activities I have always been safe, I have not had any accidents that have directly led to the herniation. It was all triggered by mowing my lawn in May of 2011. I also would like to reach out to anyone with similar issues. Most people do not understand or comprehend the pain and the emotional loss of not being able to be active....Seeking support, motivation and advice. Besides the pain the hardest things has no longer being able to do "normal" things.