Hello all! I love reading this forum it is my saving grace! I am 21 years old and over the holidays I had an emergency surgery on my back to shave off my L5 disc that was causing nerve impingement. Most if not all of you know this surgery. I did not have time to prepare my home, work, school, family or myself for what was about to come in the next weeks, months and years. What I would like to know is how many of you have any sort of depression, anxiety or sadness of any sorts after surgery? I have had surgery in the past so I know what to expect with recovery but this one is particularly hard because I was not able to prepare myself, I am not able to be as independent as before, I must rely on others for any assistance. How does everyone else cope with this when you maybe a very independent person?