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Hi everybody.....I'm a newbie here on the forum but not to back pain.... for the last 8 months, I've had the pleasure of acute back/hip/thigh/calf/foot pain....was limping for a while, then had two epidural nerve blocks in the past 6 months. I have tried PT (exercises didn't really help) and specific massage. I have taken Gaba and Percocet and Advil. Now....I have a second opinion in August to speak about microdisectomy. I'm just tired of being in pain. I know I need to put off surgery as long as possible....try all the alternatives...but for some reason I don't think anything is working, and I'm hoping surgery does. So in the meantime, what can I do to alleviate the pain? Walking? Swimming? I'm turning into a mushy potato because I'm afraid of exercising and injuring myself further. Thanks for your advice.