To make a long story short, I'm 34 years old and I've been in pain for three years. I was told I had facet joint arthritis and also a bulging disc which created stenosis. My S1/L5 nerves became damaged and it was extremely painful for 2 years, so I just stopped bending all together. I use a grabber stick and had to limit all my movements for so long to avoid the extreme flare ups. Now the stenosis is gone, due to disc bulge healing, but the facet joint arthritis is still there and pain from the nerve damage. Now since not bending for so long, my lower back is sooooo stiff and I'm actually afraid to bend. I've been to 3 physical therapy rounds and all three times the therapist only recommended very simple exercises, none requiring bending. I wonder if the arthritis is causing the stiffness and if I will ever be able to bend again?? I can't even put my foot on my knee, even though I do this type of exercise laying down every day. Has anyone had a similar experience and were you able to eventually bend again? I'm not looking for medical advice, I'm tired of the annoying administrator messages, just hope to hear other people's experience. Thank You!