Sorry that I haven't posted more in the forums, but I've been reading a lot of advice given and it's helped me tons over the past 6 weeks. After a year of conservative treatments (PT, and 3 cortisone injections - which all did nothing but delay the inevitable) I am now 6 weeks post op from a lumbar laminectomy, foraminotomy and discetomy of the L 2/3, L4/5 and L5/S1. Needless to say that it's been a very long haul. I am currently in PT and trying to get back to work (and life in general) within the next several weeks.
While I've been healing quite well, and the bulk of my initial symptoms have gone and I'm starting to feel like my old self again, I simply can't shake this feeling of inferiority towards everyone around me. I'm absolutely petrified to return to the real world, because even the simplest of things (going to the bank, library, store, or playing with my children) all seem like a huge mountains to climb. The longer I go into recovery, the less people want to hear about it, as if to say to me "you had the surgery, you're fixed, now drop it."
I'm basically reaching out to see to others who've gone through this and might have some insight on how to quote "get back to my old self" again.