I'm new to this site...glad to find it. I would appreciate any opinions or comments...my saga: 57 y.o. female, very healthy and active except for some surgeries over the years like gallbladder, hyster..Had some low back muscle strain issues for years but overcame with exercise, stretching, yoga, OTC meds, etc...Started running again two years ago but do a very slow plod/jog. Two weeks after a 10K run in October where I had experienced lots of low back pain I started to experience pain, numbness, tingling, burning in first one foot, then both, then legs, then arms and hands, and with pins and needles all over. Very painful. These symptoms have since decreased very slowly. On low back MRI have two bulging discs and osteoarthritis of back with some spurring so I figured it would heal and the symptoms would go away. Went to a neurosurgeon to get checked out and he said my MRI didn't warrant the symptoms I was having. He ordered a c-spine MRI and it came back with severe critical stenosis at C5-6, with the spinal canal measuring 3-4 mm. and complete loss of cerebrospinal fluid. Moderate to severe stenosis at C4-5 and C6-7. I am so shocked and have never had any neck issues at all and no neck pain. NS is recommending a C4 to C7 ACDF with plate. I've been really freaked out about this outcome, only have occasional pain in feet and numbness and tingling in both legs and arms and hands but the pins and needles and pretty much the burning feeling has gone away. I was going to get a 2nd opinion but would have to wait until February to get in with a good NS in my area so I scheduled my surgery for 1-9. Sorry to go on so long but would appreciate any similar situations that anyone might have had. Most everyone I've noted after reading posts seems to have had pain issues before their surgeries and I'm not having any pain really but I'm so worried that if I put off this surgery I'll have permanent nerve damage. Thanks for any input.