I am 5 months post L5/S1 laminectomy and I still have back and left leg pain. I have been going to PT for the last two months and was making progress, but I was involved in an accident where the car rear ended me at 45mph. Since then my back has been getting worse and my left and right leg pain increasing. Even before the accident I was experiencing decreased range of motion, pain when I bend forward,burning sensation in my lower back. I had another MRI and my Dr stated I have bulging at L5, which is normal after surgery, and bulging disk at L4 and sever arthritis. I think by 5 months I should be back to my normal self, but I'm not.