Hi. I am 21 years old and I am an active, gymnastics coach. over 18 months ago I woke up with a stiff neck, this stiff neck turned into extreme neck and shoulder pain. I got tests done and a slight herniated c5 c6.. I have seen 4 physical therapists, 2 chiros, I had cortisone injections and epidural injections. I finally went to get a third opinion and he said it was time for surgery, this was Feb. 2014. I have the surgery scheduled for May 5th. I am still in a lot of pain every day, but I started doing core strength and some cardio and have hours where I feel a little bit better. I still can barely drive without being in pain or icing. MY pain has gone done my back into my shoulder blades and my lats. I am so confused. Is there anyone that can help me feel better about getting such a serious surgery? I want a better quality of life for my younger years, I understand I will probably have more issues down the road.