Lately my upper arms and forearms have been burning pretty bad along with the knife that is stuck in my spine twisting. My neurosurgeon wants to do a 4 level fusion and i am scared as hell. He says i am at risk for paralysis if i was to be in a car accident or slip and fall. Is he overexaggerating?? Paralysis?? My pain is horrible and want to be rid of it, but i am worried about getting plates put in my neck only to have the pain return or get worse....if it gets worse, i will lose my mind!!!! Any thoughts???