hey, y'all. deb, i'm 62 and what you might be like at my age. i have the same problem as T. l4-5, s1. laminectomy in 2002 and follow-up surgery in 2005. the surgery has helped some, but not really a lot. before the surgery i was walking very painfully with the aid of a walker. after the surgery i went almost pain free for almost a year. then ther pain came back big time, i now see a pm doc who has prescribed percocet 3/day for chronic pain and morphine sulphate as needed for breakthrough pain. this regimine seems to help a lot. i now walk with the aid of a cane.
i, too, have a left leg with a mind of it's own - and that mind often as not wants to kill me or put me into the hospital. wish that leg would get its act together and pay attenion. i used to believe "this, too, will pass." now i'm not so sure. when i was younger nothing could keep me down for long. now . . . .
all i can do is to advise based on my own experience. keep moving. if you stay still too long, you die. walk as much as you can. i walk my local wal-mart aboiut 3/week. it hurts like blazes sometimes, but it really does help. if you can, see a psychiatrist of psychiatrist. chronic pain isn't all physical. if effects every pary of the mind, body, and spirit and they need healing, too.
hope this helps.
That light at the end of he tunnel? It's an on-coming train.