I have struggled with back and neck problems for years. I have a 50% spondylolisthesis at L5/S1 with ongoing problems with my middle back and neck. Recently I've started to experience a lot more problems with my legs and arms. Yesterday the orthopedic surgeon told me I need surgery. He said that the way my spinal cord is being flattened if I don't have surgery to free the pressure that someday my spinal cord will become flattened and die and then I will be a quadriplegic. He said it could happen in 3 months or 30 years - there is no way to know how fast it could progress or what type of injury might happen. But once it happens, it will be final. I really don't want surgery - I have been putting it off for almost 30 years on my lower back but can't face the thought of losing the use of my arms and hands. Has enyone ever known or heard of someone who has become a quadriplegic from not having cervical myelopathy surgically stabilized? My surgery is soon and would like some discussion on this if possible. Maybe this isn't the right place for my questions. Should I start a new thread? This is my first time on this site.