Three opinions, all the same. I am so scared. No promise of any pain relief, no chance of getting any feeling back in my hands. I understand that surgery from back of neck is much more painful. CT scan shows I never fused from C3-4 surgery on 3/12. Also had C4-7 done in 6/04, C6-7 never fused either. So new surgeon will address both. Basically plans to "shore up" these levels with wires, cadaver bone, & more hardware. I am having a hard time trusting doctors these days. At least this one seems like a human being and is not sugar-coating anything. I posted back in October, Tamtam responded with a lovely email. I have to say, her empathy & realism (along with increasing pain) drove me to seek another opinion. Don't think that anybody really gets it unless they have been through it. Much appreciation Tamtam. Hopefully a year from now I will finally be feeling better. Maybe this is the doc who can fix the other's mistakes - don't want to bash anyone but both surgeons lied to me. Told me their work was great & there was no reason for me to be in this kind of pain. So all, be persistent. Only you know what you are feeling & what is normal for your body.