Prior to my Laminectomy that I had 4 weeks ago I had numbnes and tingling all down my left leg; which also gave out when I tried to walk. The doctor said that what he removed was "crazy big" and would have had permanant damage if I waited another week. Since my surgery I have been sick with a bad cough and lots of sneezing along with high fever. (My back did not like the coughing and sneezing). This has kept me from doing a lot of walking and more time in bed. I still have a very tight feeling in my back along with the tingling and numbness down my leg. My leg does not give out and I am not in nearly the same amount of pain as before surgery. Is the tight and locked up feeling in my back and numbness down my leg and in my toes normal? Biggest fear is that the surgery did not work like I hoped for. I'm not in the best shape since I have been dealing with back pain for almost a year and that has not allowed me to be as active as I would have liked. I still took care of my grandson on the days I could and he is only 11 months and a very big boy. I am 45.