Hi everyone!This is my first post and I really could use some help. After years of neck pain that has gotten progressively worse, I finally went to a spine doc who sent me for an MRI. I honestly thought my pain was always just muscular, but my MRI results are very bad. I have three herniated discs, c4-5, c5-6 and c6-7. They are indenting on my spinal cord. I also have severe spinal canal stenosis, and osteophytes. I am in total shock! Don't get me wrong, I've had bouts of serious pain. Well, I had an epidural injection right before christmas, and it did help, although I can feel it starting to "wear off". I saw a neurosurgeon who states I need discectomy and double level fusion. I am a RN and work in a hospital setting. I've always been afraid of any kind of "back" surgery. I am getting a second opinion on Monday. Actually, its a third opinion since my origional spine doc said the same thing the neurosurgeon stated. I am scared to death, really scared to death. Should I get this done? How long do you think I will be out of work? Is it really painful? I have been in tears ( I'm sure my hubby is ready to strangle me...LOL!)Is it serious surgery? The problem with me is, some days are worse than others....today I might have to hold my head just to get out of bed, tomorrow I may feel ok. Some times it lasts for days/weeks, sometimes i might not feel it for days. Can someone please set me straight??!!