Hi, I am a 63 year old female with lumbar spinal stenosis. I am new to this board and am so grateful to find it. I have degenerative disc disease and now have lumbar stenosis that requires surgery. This is my first time with this. I am overweight and wonder if this causes it. My symptoms started with pain down my right leg, I went for an epidural and about a week later the pain was getting better. Then the pain was down the left leg, I have a hard time walking, driving, sitting, bending over to pick things up. I also have a hard time finding the right spot to sleep in. Also, I have CIDP(neurological disease), that causes neuropathy in my hands and feet I have terrible numbness and pain in both areas. Now this, spinal stenosis (like I need more pain). My question is, after surgery they say no bending, twisting or lifting for 4 weeks. Do you guys that have experienced this have any suggestions how to get along for this time to help make it easier? I am married, but my husband works long hours, 12 - 14 hrs a day, and my daughter is not home much with working and college. I do not have friends to help and no close relatives. Thanks a lot.