Hello, my name is Bonnie. I am 3 weeks today post-op. I went in for a 4 hour surgery and came out 8 hours later. After 2 MRI's we thought only one nerve was involved, but it turns out four were involved. All four totally compressed. I had a laminectomy with spinal fusions and bone grafts on L 3, 4,and 5. I have had a decent recovery, however I have had a couple of set backs. I thought everything was going great but was not aware that when you come off the steroids things change. My steroids ended on Monday and things got scary on Wednesday morning. My legs went into spasms at the hip, knee and ankles. I went to stand and could not for the first time. I became very weak...and went into a full blown panic attack. After calling the doctor, and his explanation that I needed to go back on my pain meds and I needed to calm down and I did not need to go back to the ER, things got a little better. The pain meds stopped the spasms and I finally got some rest. I can walk again and stand on my own. I never realized how much effect the steroids had. I felt 100% better on them. I have had a slight headache since Wednesday morning. Hoping that goes away soon. My doctor is telling me this is a 12 week recovery....minimum. I get up and go to the bathroom, walk to the bedroom (with a walker), and that's about it. Right after coming home, I threw a small clot and passed out...scary! We went back to ER and they admitted me for two days. Since then I didn't have issues until this past Wednesday. It just feels like its going to be a long road ahead!