Hi, I posted for the first time yesterday my mri and made a humorous attempt at entertainment by asking if people could guess what procedure I might need as I wasn't going to get to see the neurologist until late this month. By some miracle, they saw some patients today and I got in. He says I need an artificial disc replacement, and the accompanying clean up of bone spurs. I have not had to live with pain long term; the headaches, neck pain and new right arm numbness are fairly recent, but are getting worse fairly quickly. He said I could do physical therapy, but it would not get to the root of the problem (pun intended) and if one waits too long the damage can be permanent. I already have a slight weakness developing in my right arm, my dominant hand. When it's put that way, I think it's a no-brainer, right? I'd kind of like to have the use of my right arm later. I am a 45 year old very active male, Modic Type 1 changes to endplates indicating edema, chronic disc/osteophyte complex, mild retrolisthesis, moderate foraminal stenosis, compression of the right C6 nerve root, bilateral facet arthritis,etc. Is it a cavalier decision to say let's just fix it now rather than waiting? Have people out there had good experiences with the artificial disc replacement at C5-6? Thanks for any help or advice!