At 55, I suffer from degenerative disk disease and have been experiencing worsening back/leg pain for the last few years. Next week I go in for a laminectomy of the L4-L5. I'm really scared. I have no friends or family to help me during the recovery period and I'm hoping I will do things right and that the pain will go away (that's the dream, anyway). For those who have had this surgery, can I ask a few questions that you might know: 1) Does being catheterized AFTER the surgery make it easier since you're not getting up and down to go to the bathroom all the time? 2) The instructions keep saying to bend differently post surgery. Does this mean I will never be able to tie my own shoes again? Is doing yard work out of the question? 3) With the bone cut around the spinal nerve, aren't you more prone to spinal injury? 4) What kind of pain meds do they give you post op? I have a very low threshold for pain and feel every little thing. I'm currently on Vicodin pre-surgery; will they give me morphine post op? 5) I have a family function at the end of September, the surgery is scheduled for next week. Do you think I should be feeling better by then?
Thanks so very much to any and all who can help. I am scared and alone.