I am new here and have never posted before. I am a seventy year old female and retired nurse. I have had chronic low back pain for years, but was never debilitating. OTC drugs would take care of it. About 6 months ago I started experiencing severe pain in my left leg, buttocks, hip and it traveled to my knee. My hip and knee is the worst pain. It feels like someone is holding a blowtorch against it. My hip is so painful and it seems to travel towards my groin area. I have tried everything and nothing but a Cortisone shot helps it, but I know I can,t continue taking those forever. I,m on Voltaren, Neurontin, Lortab, along with Advil and anything else I think may help the pain. The only thing that even takes the edge off is a heating pad. I,m at the end of my rope, as the pain is unmanageable. I have to walk bent over as that seems to give me just a tiny bit of relief. I know if I keep that up its going to cause me other problems. The pain is so bad I cry and am getting depressed. I,m at a loss as to what else to do. I,ve had an MRI and have been told I have a herniated disk, stenosis, bulging disks and arthritis of the spine. I am afraid of surgery because of my age and the fact I have COPD. I,m praying someone can help me. Please!!