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.