If memory serves (which more times than not, it doesn't
...you had a hemilaminectomy, I was in considerable pain after mine for the 1st 2-3 weeks then it eased off.
I AM AMAZED when I read posts of other's who were virtually pain free the 1st week or so.
My hemilaminectomy was in '01 and while I did eventually recover from that, I have yet to be off pain meds due to continuous on going complications.
Go slow and walk, rest and hope for the best!