I had a Lamonotomy on December 23rd 2010. I had DDD and they told me that they shaved the disc that had bulging, But since i am relatively young enough (46) and strong they did not perform a fusion.
It's been about 3 months and after the initial nerve pain I was having in my right foot and lower leg I decided to visit a pain doctor. She prescribed an oral steroid (prednisone) for one week and boy, that got me feeling near 100%.
I felt so good I decided to visit friends in London. I was fine on the 10 hour flight and found traveling easy. The problem began when riding in a black cab and we hit a pot hole, I felt a very sharp pain. It's been a week now and in the last few days the pain is throbbing and gets worse in the mornings while laying in bed. The pain pills work and I'm laying low to see if the pain subsides... Nothing yet.
I'm wondering, is this normal to feel well and then have pain like this? I have read that the healing process is like a roller coaster with Ups amd downs. My concern is, since they didn't do a fusion, that something has snapped and I will have to go back into surgery like so many others who have posted here.