I just found this forum while searching the spine-health website regarding yet another possible lumbar surgery.
In brief, I have had a laminectomy at L/4-L/5 in 2001 followed up with a multi-level facet fusion of L/3 thru S/1 in 2002, resulting in some positives, but also many negatives. It is a long drawn out story, (that which I am sure there are plenty of here), and it will take some time to compose, but it is late and I have to get up early to go have an epidural injection in the AM, so I won't go into it any further right now.
Regardless, I am thrilled to have found this forum. It will be nice to have a place where I can both receive and give advice and counsel with those whom have a much better understanding of what I have been going through all these years.