I just found this site and am happy to share my story and communicate with others on the board. After all back problems/surgery is just as much mental as it is physical. I'm a 56 year old male is who just had laminectomy on l5/s1 on 1-10-14 for the second time. My first surgery was in 1988 -my have things changed.( I had no one to talk too)
In 1988 I was diagnosed with a herniated disc at the hospital emergency room where took some x-rays with contrast and I was on the operating table the next day. I remained in pain for about two years went through rehab, water aerobics, steriod injections and returned to my previous job on a light duty performance. I could not work physical labor anymore so I went to college and became a math teatcher- A job- I now love. So in an akward way my back problems changed my life in a good way. I guess the point I'm trying to make here is- if you are young and going through back issues try to use this as an oppurtunity to do something else that will satisfy you for the rest of your life.
From about 1992-2013 I had very little back problems. I had the normal stiffness and soreness that most people would have when they over work their back. Also,a few times during that time period I had a few bouts with nerve pain that kept me limping and struggling to walk but these usually on lasted a few weeks, which brings to my main point for writing my story. I believe its all about posture and vulnerability when your back is in a critical state- when things in your back are not all correctly aligned when this ocurrs, be very careful untill the pain subsides. (listen to your back)
As for my second surgery, I didn't pay attention to my back when it started to hurt and within a few moths of playing disc golf with friends, cutting down trees, tilling the garden- I reherniated the same disc.
It took me two months to find a surgeon that do a micro/ lamineomctomy and not talk about a fusion. At 56 I have a little arthritis, stenosis and few other areas that have degenerative disc diesease from age.
Like I said earlier my have things changed. My incision is 1/2 the size as the first surgery issue and the pain seems to also be more tolerable than before. I'm now 1 week post op and my main concern is nerve damage and scar tissue from the previous surgery.
The first three days after surgery were terrible the last four have been somewhat encouraging - my pain is about 2 or 3, on a scale of 1-10, of course I'm still on pain meds muscle relaxers and steriod pak. I'm using this compression belt like a security blanket I have it on all the time except for showers. I lay flay with legs up and only sit in firm chair with arm rests and a stright back, I notice the better my posture the better my back feels. I never never never want to do this again.
I truly wish all of you who are facing surgery a quick, and full recovery-life is too short to take time (months-years) to be in pain and not enjoy your time here.