It seems like a lot of doctors say not to do too much. What exactly is too much after surgery? I am 8 months post-op from a laminectomy (L5-S1). No matter what I do, whether I keep my back straight or not, whether I use a back support to sit or not, I always feel pain when I move. The minute I get up to shower, the pain slowly goes into my leg. Supposedly I don't have a herniated disc, but each and every squat, lift, reach, makes the pain a little worse. Does anyone know if scar tissue can cause this much problem? Even the exercises in p.t. that are supposed to help make the pain shoot down the leg. I just think it's odd that each and every little movement makes the pain gradually get worse throughout the day. Shouldn't I be able to do some lifting (20 lbs or so) by now? Shouldn't I be able to squat as long as my back is as straight as I can get it? Shouldn't I be able to sit on a chair as long as I keep my back straight? This has me puzzled. After my first surgery, I was able to do so much more.