Just to counter so many sad stories I read about poor outcomes of treatment for spine surgery before my surgery. I had a 2 level corpectomy in November 2007. After suffering with cervical spine problems for 40 years I was eventually "scared" into surgery by medical professionals because of spinal cord impingement issues.
I lived with period of pain for 40 years after an injury as a teen. I was immediately aware that something good had happened after surgery because all the numbness and weakness was gone. I stopped taking pain meds after 4 days. I returned to the office in 2 weeks. I was riding bike trails the following spring. I have lived pain free (in my cervical spine) for over three years.
I read these posts before surgery and educated myself on what to expect. That was an immense help. Hope that all can have the same experience I have had in your treatment, whatever it might turn out to be. This is my first post here in a couple of years but I thought I would let everyone know things do many times work out very well for some very serious situations.
Good luck with the quest to overcome.