Hello everybody. My name is Jess and I am a 26 year old woman who has had scoliosis since the teenage years and sciatica and lower back pain since 2010. Most of my adult life the pain has been pretty terrible but I have learned to manage and most of the time tried to block it out. I worked for a while. I found out I had two slipped discs- both herniated and bulging in 2013. I completed a round of cortisol injections but that didn't provide long term relief. I fell upon financial hardships and was only able to afford to see a family doctor so i didn't really get much help other than getting occasional steroids and muscle relaxers from the doc. Luckily this year I was able to get full benefits from my job and have been receiving the medical help I need. I tried to block out the pain most of the time. However this week it got too real. I called my doctor because I could barely walk and breathe. She told me to go to the er. There I found out that I have lumbar spinal stenosis, slipped discs- herniated and bulging in L4 and L5, myelopathy and degeneration in the spine as well as severe chronic pain in the legs and lower back. Also the pain is in my neck too, and my arms. I have not gone into work as I am a cook and am on my feet 7-8 or more hours a day. I was referred to a neurosurgeon that I must contact Monday. It seems that surgery is a likely possibility. Like I said, I have a high pain tolerance and I am on heavy medications now. Percocet and noriflex and those make me dazed out. So I really am afraid of hurting myself further and not knowing it. Any advice? Any activities besides the obvious that I should avoid? I have been laying in this position that I was shown to lay in and only walk minimally until I see the surgeon. This is unreal to me. But at least I know why the pain is so bad. And the medication allows for some relief. I would appreciate any advice - tips or pointers or personal stories. Thank you all!!