I've read through a lot of these posts and now I wish I hadn't. I'm scheduled for Transforaminal Interbody Fusion at L3-4 and Laminectomy on July 9. Maybe I've been in la la land, but I had no idea the aftermath would be as bad as everybody says it is. I have a progressive arthritis, had both my knees replaced in 2008, and have had spine issues for years. Epidurals were great for the last five years but no longer work.I'm not in much pain as long as I'm sitting, but I can't be on my feet very long. So the choice for surgery is meant to get my life back.
The knee replacement surgeries were not fun, but I was pretty much OK after 6 weeks. I thought this would work the same way. But I'm reading that people are still miserable MONTHS later, and have new pain post surgery. Now I think I may have made a huge mistake in going this route.