I am a 51 year old male that has been living with pain for many years. I was in an accident in 1976 and had a head injury that was just a cut. Back then they did not have MRI's etc so there was no tests done on the neck or back. I had no symptoms until a car wreck in 1995. I went to the Neurosurgeon in New Orleans and he did a nerve conduction study and MRI and said I had some herniated disks. I refused as at the time I did not have insurance and the guy the hit me only had enough to cover the tests. So I handled it with pain meds (lortab etc) until I moved to Houston Tx after Katrina (I was transfered with my job, not an evacuee). I used a combination of Ibuprofen and Naproxin and it seemed to work as well as the Lortab. Well I had a gastric bypass in January (1st surgery ever)and have lost 90 lbs. So eveything should be going great. However one of the side effects of Gastric bypass is that you cannot take any NSAID's. Only Tylenol is accepted. That worked for a while and suddenly a few months ago I began to have lots of pain down my neck through my left shoulder and down my arm. I went to get another MRI and found that I have only 1 cervical disk that is not herniated. I have a very large herniation on the C-5/C-6 that is pressing against the spine on the right side yet I have no symptoms on the right. I have a narrowing of the canal at the C-6/C-7 that is causing the pain. I am now scheduled to have a NCS tomorrow and to see the neurosurgeon next week to schedule surgery. I believe he said he was going to do the C-5/C-6 and the C-6/C-7. He said recovery should be about 2 weeks before I can go back to work on light duty. Any info you vets can give a guy would be helpful. Seems I went my whole life without surgery of any kind and this year I will end up with 3. Gastric Bypass, Hernia from Gastric bypass and now this. Hopefully this will be the end of the surgeries.