I am 33yrs old married w/6 children and I've had lower back problems since I had an epidural w/my oldest child who is now 17yrs old. I never had an epidural again after the first one because I was scared of what could happen so my other 5 kids were delivered w/out epidurals I have tolerated the pain for many years and lived and worked thru it but its gotten to the point that the usual 3 month flare ups have become an almost weekly problem so I decided to follow thru w/finding out what the problem is and try to get it fixed. My PCP said moderate to severe spinal stenosis and arthritis is the problem but as the problems got worse he sent me to an orthopedic surgeon the surgeon looked @ my MRI and said I have 3 herniated dics on my right side that he could see but it didnt explain the throbbing pain and inability to put pressure on my left hip and leg so he is ordering another MRI to see if there is something else causing the numbness throbbing and shooting pains radiating up and down my left leg and also both of my arms and hands especially when i am asleep! I am not concerned w/death do to surgery I am concerned w/the risk of losing the ability to walk altogether. Am I over reacting or is the concern valid? I guess the epidural leaving me unable to walk for 2 whole days and there after never being able to run again has me a little shook up and nervous I wont get the shots in my spine for that reason and would appreciate any feed back or advice on the best surgery to agree to getting done to fix the problem not just cover it up! thank in advance! Good luck n God Bless evry1 who is dealing w/evn a fraction of what I am would only wish this on the Devil himself!