I had 2 laminectomys done on May 30. I have been healing nicely with a bit of pain still on the right side, and on the lower part of my right leg. Anyways, I returned to work with limitations on lifting, bending and twisting. I am a machinist so I am on my feet most of the day. As expected, the 1st day on the job I noticed an increase of pain. Didn't need to take any painkillers though. 2nd thru 4th days the pain seems to be getting a little better day by day. 2nd week at work I noticed the pain is still there but now I am feeling strange sensations in my right leg, like wind blowing on it and a little tingling sensation. Still not taking painkillers until I get home, then I would take one percoset. I had a headache at work one day so I took a couple excedrin and it got rid of that back pain also. After I get home and relax for a bit the pain seems to subside somewhat. If I am sitting for a few then get up to stand, the weird tingling returns but it comes and goes. The pain doesn't affect my ability to do my job, but I do feel some discomfort. Almost like the sciatica before the surgery but it does feel different now. I am beginning to wonder what's up with the weird sensations in my leg and the pain that is still in the lower right side of my back. The pain doc says the nerves are probably still waking up after being pinched for so long. I told the neurosurgeon's office about it and they told me to keep monitoring it and if it doesn't subside or gets worse to let them know. I think I may have really underestimated how long it's going to take to fully recover from the surgery, people telling me that it may take 6 months or longer for the bones, nerves and ligaments to fully heal.