Hello, everyone. I guess I am just writing to get some feedback and for moral support. I am 29 years old and I have a beautiful, helpless 3 1/2 month old baby girl who I can't even pick up due to severe pain in my left side (neck and arm). To make a long story short, after trips to the chiropractor, urgent care center, ER, MRI office, pain clinics, and two neurosurgeon offices, I have been told that I have severe degeneration on my left side, herniated discs along C5-C7 and T1, a pinched nerve that is causing pain in my left arm and numbness in several fingers, and congenital stenosis. This just appeared out of nowhere - no accidents or injuries. To make matters worse, I am a first grade teacher so I am having a very difficult time performing my duties at work (and even driving myself to work). I am having to take narcotics and muscle relaxers on a daily basis, and still attempting to work and nurse my baby a few times a day while hoping the meds won't affect her long-term. The neurosurgeons are both saying that I should get the anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery because I have already tried epidural steroid injections that have not worked. My questions here are: if I go forth with the surgery, what would my recovery be like? How long might it take? Since I am so young, is it better to do this now? The docs say I still might need future surgeries even if I have this procedure done. Any thoughts? And as far as my job...will I have difficulty in the future with mobility that would make working with such young children an issue? And when will I be able to hold my little girl?!