I am new to this site and I have learned so much already. I am 2 weeks post op L5-S1 laminectomy. In addition to the herniated disc I also had a 3 cm X 3 cm piece of the disc which broke completely off and was "free floating". I also am still having the same pain as before surgery, although it is not constant but intermittant....buttock, calf and foot pain along with mild numbness in the right foot. I'm still on Clinoril and PRN Darvocet. I see my doc on Tuesday and am really concerned about my return to work. I am on Workmens Comp and I hear they will attempt to force you back quickly. I am an RN in an intensive care unit and hurt my back when an IV pump started to slide on the pole and I caught it (of course you don't think, you just react to keep the patient safe). They said before surgery that I could go back and do sedentary work possibly after a "few weeks". Right now I find myself needing to rotate walking, sitting, standing and laying throughout the day and can't imagine going back at all yet. What time frame is everyone returning to work?