I was recently diagnosed with severe cervical spinal stenosis by a respected spine surgeon, the worst constriction is apparently at C5/C6. He recommended a cervical laminoplasty as soon as possible, which sounds like 4-8 weeks from now. He wants to screw in a total of six titanium plates for stabilization afterwards, I assume 3 above and 3 below C5/C6. My symptoms of debilitating neck and shoulder pain, severe numbness in my lower body and lack of motor coordination have been progressing for about 15 years (I'm 50 now). I hit the wall a year ago, and fell off the cliff five months ago. My General Physician completely missed what was apparently really going on. First he said it was in my head (depression), then thought it was MS, then thought it was pinched nerves and herniated disks. It kept on getting worse. Finally I demanded to see a spine specialist, who took a look at my MRI's and he made the call, just hope he is right after the way I have been apparently misdiagnosed for so long. Neither he or my GP would look me in the eye when I asked if my symptoms would get better. Some sites define success as prevention of paralysis, some define it as an alleviation in pain, in other words the outlook could be all over the map depending on how it goes and what the permanent damage is. I don't know what to expect, what to tell my family, whether I will be able to work (I currently perform technical work mostly on my back on a laptop). I can walk only 30-50 feet with the aid of a cane so I don't fall, which has happened twice recently. Right now I'm on Ibuprofen and Tramadol, which helps a bit for maybe 2-3 hours out of the six hour cycle that I take as prescribed. I get at most 3 hours of sleep at night. If I sit in a chair for more than 2 hours a day in total the pain becomes unbearable to the point I cannot function, can't think, my legs go almost completely numb, I can't walk at all, and I am in tears. I used to be a highly functional, athletic person who enjoyed a lot of outdoor activities. As you can tell I'm rather annoyed at the healthcare system. Honestly folks, will this help, keep it from getting worse (which is unthinkable), or will it stay about the same?