Laminotomy/microdiscetomy is scheduled for October 22, and I am unbelievably anxious. Aside from the screaming radicular pain, this injury has caused an unreal amount of emotional issues. I have been a bit of a mess, acting out of character, and all of this has caused stress in my marriage, derailed progress in a number of areas...My biggest fear is that I am placing entirely too much emphasis on the surgery as a panacea...That perhaps solving the back issue will allow me to focus on everything else. Has anybody else dealt with depression as a result of back pain? Has it caused stress in your personal life? Did things improve for you post-surgery?