Am so glad to have found this place and all of you. A little of my history- I was dx by mri's and EMG's back in 1997 to have stenosis and bone spurs up and down my C spine. At that time I had one herniation in the C7 area. Struggled with pain at that time until 2002. This is where it gets a little weird, until the fall of 2008 I was able to manage my pain by taking excedrin. But in September of 2008, I sought a doctor to help me with the pain because it had once again become unmanageable. Had a repeat MRI and showed c-4 had herniated and stenosis was moderate in places. Just went to a neurosurgeon last week and he took one look at my MRI from last year and said here is the problem- the C 4 was literally smashing the spinal cord and he showed it to me and my husband. He said that the reason i was able to manage the pain pretty much on my own during those 6 years is because the fluid had leaked?? and the pain had lessened although I really didn't understand that altogether. Nonetheless, he wanted to schedule surgery right then and i said no, let us talk about this and get back to you. He explained that the disk would be taken out. He would go through the front of my neck. I have pain really bad and am currently taking lortab 10 every 4-5 hrs but now even that doesn't seem enough at times... I have lots of questions but am planning on getting the surgery in November am pretty sure. Once again glad to be here.