I had a MicroD last Nov for L5 S1. Dealt with sciatica for 3 years before that. The surgery did wonders as the pain is not near where it was. Now I'm 7 months post op and every ache and pain sends me into a tail spin. It's like it intensifies everything I feel. My wife tells me I'm fine but the anxiety of thinking the pain will come back breaks my heart. I'm only 30 and a war vet and popular belief says that I should be tougher than this. My back hurts more now than before but the leg pain is slight. I do feel better when my mood is good but when I'm alone and not supported by my wife my pain breaks my world. Is this normal to feel like this after spinal surgery. I start back pt today in the hopes of exploiting any weakness I might have left. I want my life back.