:W Wow , I think I have found some support here! Had Lumbar Laminectomy/ discectomy L5-S1 8/29/07 and have never healed. Still having horrible leg pain and numbness.Have L5-S1 fusion scheduled for Oct. 27th . Not soon enough but after reading some of these stories I am now a little skepticle. Never in a hospital till 57 and had 30yrs perfect attendance at work. Now I feel like a broke down mule begging for relief. I think I have been very humbled by these stories. Thanks for having me!