I have never been so scared in my life. I woke up one morning and stretched..after which I found out later that I herniated my C6-7. I couldn't sit or stand for 3 days. I finally got to the doctor by lying in the car. Lying down flat was the only way the pain would go away. The left side of my back, shoulder, left arm all the way down, were burning and painful every time I was vertical. My index, thumb, and half of my middle finger were numb and tingly like pins and needles. I received an epidural steroid injection on the third day. I was finally able to sit and stand after that was done. However, I have sharp pain in my left shoulder blade, left shoulder and sharp pain such as it feels when you hit your funny bone going down my left arm. It comes and goes about every 10-15 min. Sometimes its faster than that. My fingers are still numb and tingly just as it was. They feel colder than my other hand. So here I am, going to have this surgery and "make it all better". Im so scared that what has happened to people in this forum will happen to me...that the pain will remain. That I will be wearing my hard collar for 3 months and my soft collar for 3 months. Holy Moly!! I can't go that long without working!!! Will it really be this bad? Its such a roll of the dice. I am 45 yrs old. I want to make it better and I want to make it so I wont have this pain anymore. I am willing to work hard at making it a quick recovery. On top of all of this....I am getting married in 9 weeks after the surgery. Is 9 weeks going to be enough time to be off the collar?? Will the bruising be gone? please HELP!!!