When Judi Bar was 45 years old, she woke up one morning with debilitating back pain. Diagnosed with spinal stenosis (a degenerative back condition), she was told she had the back of an 85-year-old. I had to walk with a cane and I kept falling, says Bar. Her doctor predicted her condition would only worsen and she would need multiple surgeries. Bar wanted to avoid surgery and even stop taking pain medications. After five years of suffering with chronic pain, she started eating a healthier diet, worked to relieve stress and began a regular program of yoga.