I am scheduled to have my surgery on this coming Wednesday and to be honest a bit frightened. I am having 4-5 and 5-6 done. For almost 2 years now I have been in extreme chronic pain-including both arms going numb but at the same time having just terrible nerve pain-haven't slept well because every time I lay down within about 10 minutes I am back up again in severe pain in my arms. Also I have spondylethesis-and stenosis. Spondylthelesis is where the discs consistently slide ove the top of one another-sounds like my neck is breaking-and it is very loud-its awful and I try not to twist my neck but I do it to relieve the pressure that is built up. and when I do it makes a horrible sound-You would think my neck is literally breaking. I have scared a few people-But the relief only lasts for a moment-it seems like I get into a ritual with it all the time-I will sit sometimes and do it for hours-because my neck hurts so dam bad-I cant stand it-is or has anyone else experienced what I am going through??? And will this surgery help me for Gods sake I hope so-I just cannot take it anymore-I will be 59 in May-And I feel more like 90. Is there anyone out there that has had the problems I mentioned here? Especially with the bones popping and cracking so bad??? It scares me.