As much as I have been reading about my condition, herniation at every disc from c2-t1 with foraminal stenosis also at each and spinal stenosis at c5-c6. My situation involves mid-upper back pain that has lasted 7 or so years. A recent mri was conducted as I have been having shoulder weakness and numbness/tingling going down my right arm. The arm situation feels strange but only rarely causes pain in certain positions that despite not having experienced it can liken it to having the inside of my arm on fire. I am seen one neurosurgeon who wants to do an ACDF on c5-c6 but, understandably can not tell me if the back pain I am experiencing will be alleviated. I see a second surgeon this week but anticipate similar answers. Has anyone experienced a pain that feels more muscular in nature in their back. It is a feeling of constant tightness/stiffness. Oddly enough it is relieved occassionally when I crack my neck or back. I can never be sure where it is cracking but the relief is immeadiate but unfortunately short lived as the pain returns with a few moments. Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated? Also if you have heard of something like this any questions you think would be beneficial to ask my neurosurgeon when I seen him would be great. Thank you all so much for your help and dedication to reducing the misery so many of you have been through or are going through.