i was diagnosed with moderate spinal stenosis after a CT and MRI scan. The scan also showed a central disc protrusion pressing on the nerve. I have been in a lot of pain, I wake up at night with 10 out of 10 pain in lower back and lower right ankle and foot. I have to take prescribed pain killers just to go back to sleep and this is causing me sleep deprivation. I have an appointment with pain management. Has anyone here been able to reduce such problems with pain management treatment instead of surgery? I want to avoid surgery because I read L4/L5 fusion surgery could weaken the L2/L3 disc Area. Because spinal stenosis is progressive I don't want the condition to get worse or spread to the L2/L3 Section. There are several types of surgery that can be performed for spinal stenosis but one surgeon I saw only wanted to perform fusion and it was not even minimally invasive.