I have been told by many doctors that I have severe cord compression from c3-t1 and need 4 levels fused from the back. The operation will not help the weakness in my left arm it will only stabilize that segment of my spine. The reason fro the fusion is to stop something catastrophic from happening, That means becoming paralyzed or quadriplegic. They say I could come out with a c5-6 palsy with a weak arm or 2 weak arms and this may rectify itself with in a year. Possibly it could remain an issue also. I have had 2 failed lumbar surgeries 15 years ago and have no faith in back surgery. No doctor will say weather if I don't have the surgery if the condition could worsen slowly or it could come all at once and I could become quadriplegic. Being in that condition is a fate worse than death. Can anyone advise me in any way as to what I should do. I feel that the devil I know is better than the one I don't know. I am also in pain for over 10 years which was made worse from the relatively small surgeries I had in the past. My worst night mare is that they do the surgery and I am in more pain and they won't want to treat it because of the current atmosphere of people abusing pain medication. I really don't know what to do. They say the chord compression is severe from c3-t-1 the surgeon also said that if they do the surgery the discs below and above the levels fused witll become strained and those may have to be fused after all of this is done. The thought of being paraplegic or living in even more pain than I am already in scares the hell out of me. I just don't know what to do. I have had maybe 5 opinions and they all say the same thing that I could become paralysed and I should have the surgery.