I am 5 days out of a L5/S1 laminectomy/discectomy and I am feeling remarkably well. I have increased numbness down my leg since surgery, but the doc says that is to be expected as he had to chisel the disc material off the nerve. I feel flexible and able to do what I was doing prior to surgery (which wasn't much, just short walks). After reading many, many posts, I am wondering if I have been in a honeymoon phase and should expect my pain intensity to increase??? I have not been terribly careful with anything I am doing other than twisting and lifting, should I be avoiding anything else?