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Couple months ago, I was diagnosed with severe cervical spinal stenosis from C5-6 disk herniation (based on MRI). My symptoms included neck/right shoulder pain, tingling in right forefinger and thumb, and stabbing pain in my right rib cage. I was recommended surgery. I resorted to conservative means including physical therapy and acupuncture. I am seeing significant and progressive improvement in my symptoms since then. I feel I should continue with these conservative options and dismiss surgery but would like to seek opinion from others who may have been through similar condition.