I have Lumbar Stenosis resulting from L5 bulging disc and facet joint arthritis, S1 nerve being effected. I also have sacroillitis. I have been avoiding bending for 1 year, because it seems to always flare up the pain. Now I can't reach my feet at all and can't even lift my foot onto my leg. Does anyone else have this same experience? I'm afraid to try to start bending again, as I don't want it to flare up. Is this something that just happens with stenosis and arthritis? Im only 34 and my lower back and legs are extremely stiff, even after doing stretches every day.