I'd like to thank everyone for sharing their experiences, it's very comforting and valuable to hear how others have faired through surgery and recovery. As with many posts, mine here is related to recovery.
I'm exactly one month post-op from an open TLIF L3-L5, L2-L3 left side discectomy and L3-L5 laminectomy. After a tough 10 days-2 weeks, except for bad leg pain first thing in the morning, I'm left with issues mainly along the surgery area. It can go from soreness/pressure along the spine to fairly significant pain. I think I'm realizing that it's worse the more I sit upright vs reclined. I know it's still relatively early in the recovery time but it does not seem to be getting any better.
I'm just curious how others have faired through similar recovery and whether my expectations at "feeling better" 4 weeks out are realistic.
Thanks to all.