Hello everyone. I enjoy reading this site because I can totally relate. I come here to hear about others like me. I feel better when I read about your lives or sometimes I'm saddened for the ones in so much pain. I had a double fusion about 8 years ago and have lived rather well until a year ago. After much ado and many doctors, we have found that I have a rare case of Epidural Lipomatosis. It's a fat pocket in the epidural space pressing on my S1 nerveroot. Spine Surgeon is going in next Wednesday and is performing a laminectomy and is going to retrieve all of the fat. I was informed that my surgery was going to be recorded in some medical books because it's uncommon to have an epidural lipomatosis. I just would like hints on what I can do pre op to make things easier on myself and family. What can I expect when I wake up? Is it going to be as bad as the fusion wakeup was? Am I going to have tubes and stuff all over me? Will I get up my first day? Will I be able to handle the pain? How long will it be real bad? My mind is just running wild with me and any input would be greatly appreciated. I know I sound like a chicken but I'm really not. It's just nerves. Thanks everyone for listening.