Hi, Kate! Your husband’s problem sound very similar to mine I had my first laminectomy in June, 2010 at age 57. During that surgery, my surgeon told my husband that she nicked a nerve! I was a music teacher in the public schools and on my feet 8 hours a day with kids from kindergarten thru third grade! Active days! But, I had continued teaching with sharp pain in my back and going down my left leg just weeks after I thought I should be feeling better!. I changed doctors, went to a orthaepedic surgeon a few months later after having both knees fixed from torn meniscus, who told me that 2 discs were ruptured and suggested a multi-level (5) spinal fusion. I went a head and did that in September, 2011. The drain that they put in after surgery had fallen out and I also developed a cyst/seroma that SAT on my spine causing excruciating pain! The surgeon thought we should wait to see if they cyst would absorb into my body. I waited for over a YEAR at his suggestion, being sent to a pain management doctor who put me on strong pain killers, also! I was miserable! I, too, could not function, being stuck in my recliner and very depressed. Finally, after waiting all of that time, a year and a half, and the cyst not reducing in size, my surgeon decided to go in and explore what was going on. When he was in there, he found that 3 of the screws had come loose (pinching nerves) AND he drained and tied off the cyst, WHICH by the way was filled with cerebral fluid. That was in February of 2013. The severe, stabbing pain in my back is so much better, but still feeling the pain from that nicked nerve and now pain is going UP my back into my neck causing terrible headaches. . I have gotten off the oxycontin but am still having to take pain killers. I am able to at least get up and move around more freely with less pain. Just my own personal experience, the 3rd surgery WAS worth it.