I had an mri two months ago during an episode of facial numbness. I was informed I had problems in my cervical spine and told to see a NS. I never really had pain in the area so it was a surprise. The NS showed me on the mri where i have three bulging/ruptured discs and two are pressing on the cord. He told me there is no fluid to protect the cord from any accidents. I told him that I was a police officer and he told me that I was risking paralysis from a blow or car accident and should have three level acdf. I have since gotten a second opinion and they told me the same thing, that as active as I am I am at great risk for something bad happening at those levels where the cord is compressed. It may sound strange but I am having a hard time with the fact that I dont have much pain at all. Some electrical shock sensation in hands,arms and feet but nothing terrible. I have seen the mri and see the problem but it is hard to do this. I worry I may be setting myself up for more pain. I guess the paralysis chance should be all I need to know but it is really hard.