Hang in there. My lami was in my neck, but I think they're always rough. Try to be as active as your surgeon said was safe & do what you can to keep your mind off the pain.
Art, music & creative things are good, as are challenging problems -- puzzles, math problems, translation/interpretations work, etc.
Hang in there. For me, it started healing at week 2 (course the scar tissue grew around my occipital nerve, but that's a different story). You can also ask at what point it would be safe to try some light PT (passive PT) or massage (needs to be with osteopath or very, very conservative chiro -- avoid the "medical massage" places altogether & probably avoid the salon as well).
peace & blessings,