I'm new to this forum, but I'm looking for some help or encouragement. On 11/26 I had back surgery, a Lumbar Decompression. Prior to that I had 2 injections that did absolutely nothing for me. I won't go into great detail, I'm sure you've heard it before. I was told that I would have instant relief from the leg pain after the surgery. Didn't happen. My surgeon told me that it ended up being more difficult than he anticipated. He said that it had herniated on the outside and he had to go through many nerves to find the one that was compressed. He said that since all the nerves were disturbed, I may have pain for months. When the meds wear off, the pain is almost as severe as it was prior to surgery. The only differene is that before surgery, not even meds would relieve the pain. Now I get relief as I said, until they wear off. for pain I'm currently taking Norco, Lyrica, and Carisoprodol. The last one is for muscle spasms. I'm starting physical therapy on the 22nd. I just can't see if happening. I also need knee replacements on both knees, which I don't intend to have until I can't walk anymore. I'm on the verge of throwing in the towel. Any encouragement would be appreciated. I actually just filed for disability, since I have no income coming in. Don't know what to expect or what to do. HELP!