Hello, I'm 37 years old and looking at going in for a ACDF on the 19th of Dec. I am pretty confident that the initial herniation happened last March although I didn't really have any significant symptoms (weakness, numbness and pain in my left arm/chest/back) until mid September. Doctors all seem to be in a rush to open me up, but that worries me. We tried one injection, and that worked for a day on the pain but no strength returned to my triceps. I'm worried that I'm rushing into this, but want my life back to "normal". In any case, hello. Hoping I can learn something and keep moving forward. Thanks for having me.