10 days ago I had a discectomy with laminotomy and who knows what else (not fusion). l5-S1. Disc had very large bulge all the way around with a herniated section that had blown bits and pieces that doc said were calcified. He also said he could see all the way through my spine from back to my belly. Don't know what that means at all. He also said my vertebra are pretty much sitting on each other with very little disc left. I'm in hideous back pain. Leg and butt pain are gone but I am miserable. He said I shouldn't really be needing norco at this point but I can't imagine living with this level of pain. He has had no suggestions on what to do next ... PT? ... Steroids ... More surgery ... Exercise. I feel abandoned and don't know where to turn. Am I just being impatient? Likely to feel less pain as time passes?