I have had lower back pain off and on for years, but recently had a fall (about 3 weeks ago) and am now experiencing extreme pain that radiates down my left leg into my foot. I have numbness in the back of the left thigh and in my foot. My left leg is also becoming progressively weaker and feels "heavy." I have had x-rays and an MRI done which showed a very large herniated disc and severe spinal stenosis. It seems like the pain from this injury has taken over my life. I can't do much and have had to cut back on work, driving, house cleaning, etc. I can't sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time. There are times when I cannot even dress and bathe without my husband's help! I have an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon soon, but I am afraid he is going to say I need surgery. Can anyone tell me if it sounds like I need surgery or if there are any other treatments that might work for me? I already take muscle relaxers, NSAID's, and pain relievers. I had been doing physical therapy, but it got too painful to continue. Any advice is appreciated.