Hey everyone! I'm new here. I am a 26 year old mom of two special needs kids and after two and a half years of horrible pain, and trying every conservative method that there is, I am finally having surgery. I have a herniated disc at L5-S1 and have degenerative disc disease as well. I'm exceptionally nervous and really don't know what to expect. Any advice as to what to do before surgery and how to prepare for after surgery would be greatly appreciated. Also if you would like to share your experiences I think it might put me a little more at ease. Thanks in advance for all your responses.