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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had a lumbar laminectomy L4, L5 just a week ago, on May 8. I had had calf pain symptoms for several years, could hardly walk without pain in my left calf. I am very active, and the pain was causing severe lifestyle changes. I walked the hospital hallway pain free within hours after surgery. I have been home now for a little over a week, and walked 6 miles with no pain yesterday. My incision is still sore, and am careful not to bend or twist, but I wish I had had this surgery years ago. Can't thank my neurosurgeon enough.

Comment from: Marilyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had my lumbar laminectomy on April 30th. I was released May 13th. Today is May 17th. I started driving yesterday. I have been pain free for over a week now. I had suffered with terrible pain for over a year. Wish I could have had this surgery much sooner.

Comment from: me, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 14

I had lumbar laminectomy 6 days ago due to a car accident 15 months ago. I had pain in my hip and leg daily, which prevented me from doing any exercise and made most walking activities a painful event. Then severe pain would last for days and sometimes weeks after any type of physical activity. It has been 6 days since my surgery and I am walking 2 plus miles per day and riding my exercise bike for 20 to 30 minutes. Other than tight muscles around the surgical site I feel great. There are still a few movements that cause a quick twinge of the nerves in the area, but they are improving quickly. I only took the prescribed pain pills for 2 days and now just some OTC ibuprofen.

Comment from: saima, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had a lumbar laminectomy just 1 month ago and the pain was gone instantly. It was in my L4 L5. My daughter is a nurse and made me get up and walk in that afternoon and again in the evening, and I have been walking ever since. My doctor was fabulous! He said to keep walking. I am bending to feed my cats and clean their litter, but for safety brace my back with arm holding on to counter. I have been doing laundry, but holding close to body. I suffered for years with buttock pain and it ran down left leg. I followed all rules, did therapy first, then surgery. Finally!

Comment from: Florida, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

On June 20 I had a lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy on L2 L3. I'm three weeks out and I get a vice grip pain in my left leg in the morning upon waking. I'm worried I injured the back directly after surgery. In the hospital I had a difficult time urinating and strained quite a bit to empty my bladder. I am feeling discouraged.

Comment from: steve, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

The surgical team was very good, before and after lumbar laminectomy. I should have done this in 6 or 7 vertebrae. It is 5 days and I have mostly burning type leg pain. I am walking lightly. Construction work can wait.

Comment from: Buckeye, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I had laminectomy, partial discectomy 4 days ago. I still have searing pain in my left buttock and hamstring which precipitated the surgical need. I am very disappointed with how much pain I still have. I am eating Percocet like skittles with very limited relief. I was offered much different expectations prior to surgery. No hospital stay, no home care instructions. Depression is setting in quickly. I question how anyone can live with this type of pain.

Comment from: Adagirl4682, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I had lumbar laminectomy four weeks ago; I have suffered with horrible back, leg, foot and toe pain for five years. Incision site is fine. The rest of me is no better or a small amount worse. Tramadol for pain does nothing. I will soon be 80 and hope I do not last much longer; this pain is so miserable.

Comment from: Gill, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I feel worse than I did before I had laminectomy L4/L5 11 days ago and now cannot walk at all because of pain in my buttocks and lower back. The medicines make me feel dizzy and I drop things. I cannot stand for more than a few minutes. When I rang the hospital they put my medicines up and suggested morphine.

Comment from: Rugrats, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

Post lumbar laminectomy for L2, L3 disc fragment, I did well till day 6 when severe pain (worse than pre-operation) occurred involving the entire anterior leg and hip. It lasted 24 hours and then I had drainage on dressing. On day 7 pain was back to a 3 from a 10. I wonder what happened.

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