I am getting a discectomy this Thursday,going to a very reputable surgeon in Manhattan. He said that the healing time is generally not bad, but reading things here, it doesn't sound that way. I am *hoping* (don't laugh!) to be out of work until Tuesday, then work from home for a few extra days and then start going into the office about a week and a half later. Am I kidding myself? Does that EVER happen? I want to stay positive. I'm a very active person and in pretty good physical condition. I'm doing this because of terrible sciatica that I have suffered from for 2.5 years, but I've always stayed active through it, so I'm hoping I will bounce back from this as well. Understanding that everyone heals differently and there is no way to predict my outcome, I'd still love to hear some happy "it wasn't really that bad" stories. Anyone have one?