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Hi Jessie,

I had surgery a week ago. I had pain radiating down my left leg and back pain. I went in for a foraminectomy The surgeon decompressed the l5 nerve. The s1 nerve was as he put it, velcroed to my vertebrae, and he released it, injected it with steroids, and put a lubricant on it to prevent it from sticking.

I was also very scared about going in to have this done. I don't think there is anything anyone can say to decrease the anxiety. Just knowing that you are not alone helps. Try to keep yourself busy to keep your mind off it.

I am feeling better now. I still have pain, but it's not the same kind of pain I was having before. The surgeon told me to plan on being out of work from 1-6 weeks and I think I am going to take 3 weeks. I don't want to go back too early.

Good luck on your surgery!


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