HI! My name is Joe Gallagher, I am 40 and I live in Florida. I am married and I have 3 children. In October of 2009 I had a minor laminactomy, L4/L5 herniation. I had been experiencing back and left leg pain. The surgery was not invasive and I was back to work in 11 days. Unfortunately it was completely uneffective. I went through the epidurals, tens units, and plenty of narcotics! I went back in for surgery on December 2, 2009, this time they fused my lower back. I am now 7 weeks post surgery and I have more pain in my right leg and lower back than pre-surgery. I am wondering if this is normal and how long before the pain subsides enough that I can come off of the narcotics?