Hello, I'm brand new on here. I recently had a lumbar laminectomy; Dx are degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated L5-S1, bulging L4-L5. I'm now a Duragesic 25 mcg patch and Norco 4x/day, along w/various muscle relaxers, physical therapy. My neurosurgeon wanted to go ahead and do a fusion, but I could not afford to be down that long, and he said lami may help. So far, no... but it's still early (almost two months .post-op), and I know I need to be patient. I know what I've got going on is minor compared to a lot of members here, I guess I'm just scared, b/c I'm still feeling I'm too young for this and I'm an nurse and worried this is going to end my career. I I've worked in orthopedics, so I know my spine isn't going to get better on it's own. Suggestions, comments from anyone would be greatly appreciated.I'm happy to find somewhere I can talk with other people who are going through/been where I'm at. Thank you :)