Bad luck George
I wish you a speedy recovery - back pain is not good - been there, suffered and had the operation
I've had my trouble with spinal injuries. About 20 years ago I had 3 disks bulge in my neck and I was paralyzed on my left side. They went in to cut the disk away from my spinal cord to try and get control back of y left side. I did get most movement back but still have little tremors sometime in my left arm. I have been pretty careful for the most part not to end up in that situation again.
I was out in the shop but just felt not all there so I came back in and am going to sit back and vegetate again today. Maybe tomorrow.
Here is a pic from about 20 years ago after I got out of the hospital.