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hello everyone, my name is Loreta.i am new to this forum.this is my story. Thank you in advance for reading.i am 48 yrs. old and I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.i have been having neck pain off and on since I was in my early twenties. It would flare up , I would treat it with muscle relaxers, ice and heat and rest. It would usually get better in 2-3 weeks.this carried on for over twenty years.this past December,2016 it flared up really bad. I could hardly move my neck. I also began having tingling and numbness in both arms and hands and very intense headaches starting from the back of my skull.i could not sleep so I was becoming exhausted.ii have never felt weakness like this before,I have always been active and physically strong.for the first time I sought medical attention. I was sent for an x-Ray which revealed severe neural foraminal stenosis bilaterally C4-6 due to posterior osteophytosis and unconvertebral hyper trophy.also, reversal of cervical lordosis and a 3mm retro listless C5 upon C6.i had no idea what any of this meant! The doctor at the walk in clinic who had ordered the X-ray told me these where significant findings and that I should find a family doctor and seek treatment for my condition. I did find a family physician, which is not an easy task where I live. She ordered a cat scan on my neck. I had to wait 2 months for that appointment. Dr. Office called me in for ct results. This test result further revealed large osteophyte complexC4-6 contributing to severe central canal stenosis reducing my AP diameter to 7mm at C5-6. Probable cord compression. She called for an urgent neurosurgeon referral and urgent MRI. This FINALLY got my attention! I started researching . I had the MRI in 2days, which is unheard of where I live. That gave me the additional clue that my condition was serious.i got into the neurosurgeon in two weeks. (His wait for consults are up to 18 .months) I went to that NS appointment expecting to be given options for my treatment. Boy was I wrong. He showed me my MRI image on the screen and pointed out how my spinal cord had abnormal signals. He emphasized how large the osteophytes were and pointed out the OPLL also present at C5-6, along with the subluxation. He tested my reflexes and strength and told me I had myelopathy. Within 15 minutes he was handing me a clip board with consent forms for surgery. i just don't understand how this progressed so quickly! 8 months ago I was surfing waves on holidays, doing aerobics. I thought I was in the best shape of my life! My surgery date is August 10, 2017. I have been reading anything I can about my condition,my surgery and what to expect from recovery.my experience is the opposite of a lot of people on this forum. It seems like people suffer in pain and have a long road to diagnosis and treatment. In my case it has all happened so fast.my pain is quite manageable for the most part. (I only take Advil) I am trying to prepare both physically and mentally for this operation. Anyone out there with similar experience to me? I am having an anterior vertebrectomy C4-5,,C5-6 , and fusion using vertebral spacer at both levels,plate and screw fixation as well because of the spondylolishesis..thanks again for taking the time to read my story. I wish all a happy day.