Walking sticks, elbow crutches or walking frames can all help to spread your body load between your legs and arms and reduce the pressure on the nerves in your spine.
I always use mine when I go out for a walk as I can manage well enough on the flat but the minute I hit an incline I start feeling the pain much worse.
A stick also keeps you upright and counteracts any muscle imbalance.
It’s no use being vain about these type of aids when you are in a lot of pain. Why suffer when you can use something to avoid the suffering.
Pretty, feminine walking sticks are available all over the place now and in most cases, but not always, if you are standing in a queue somewhere, someone will offer you a seat once they see you have a walking stick. The picture above are from http://www.betterlifehealthcare.com/