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Back Surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi: Just found this site and am glad! Have herniated discs, stenosis, pinched nerves. Tried pain meds, epidurals,(ins co wont let me have any more) which only work for about 2 months. Pain has worsened and can hardly drive anymore. Neurosurgeon recommends laminectomy. This doctor did my son's and ex husband's surgeries successfully. Told would only be in hosp overnight then 6 weeks do nothing, then PT. How much pain will i have after surgery? Has it helped most? Scared! thanks, PsyRn


  • Welcome! I haven't had a laminectomy, just a microdiscectomy, which is a bit less involved. I know that when I woke from surgery, I could already tell I felt better. If your nerves have been pinched for some time, you will still have nerve pain for a few months while things heal. If your procedure is successful, you will forget how much pain you were in right after surgery -- we all forget the pain when we get to feeling better. We only remember it if it comes back. I hope your laminectomy will be successful and you will recover quickly.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. how about a second or even a third opinion? :-C the more information you have the better. good luck with whatever your decision is. Jenny :)
  • Hiya >:D< ,
    Welcome to Spine Health. keep us posted on your progress . :)

    Angie x
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  • Hi and welcome to Spine Health. I have a double laminectomy, L4 and L5, both done at the same time. Let's just say I was walking 7 miles a day by the end of two weeks and my NS got on my case to slow down just a bit. That's how good I felt and how easy it was to recoup from.

    I did suffer from muscle spasms for a while, but other than that and normal achy post op stuff, I was fine.

    Flew home at 5 weeks post op and it takes me 30 hours average to get home depending on layovers.

  • Sorry computer glitch

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