I am new to this and as my user name says I'm terrified! I am scheduled for surgery March 31, 2010 and although I love my neurosurgeon and he really has spent at least two hours with me explaining the surgery, I am still scared to death! I am 56 yrs. old and my tale of woe began 2 years ago because of someone doing 95 miles an hour trying to pass 6 cars on my side of the road. Thank God, I managed to avoid the head on collision but did leave the road and began hitting trees, etc. As a result, the c-5 disc in my neck was destroyed. The pain has been incredible for the past 2 yrs. and I have numbness, tingling, and pins & needles in my arms and now starting in my leg. My surgeon told me that I only have a 50% chance of my pain being relieved as well as a 50% chance of the numbness, tingling etc, in my arms being relieved. But at least the surgery will prevent any further spinal damage and prevent possible paraylisis. I've heard so many horror stories about having to have multiple surgeries because of the pressure put on surrounding discs and screws getting loose that I just don't know if I'm doing the right thing. But yet, I certainly don't want to lose the use of my arm. I read goldie's response and she mentioned some kind of stimulator, what's that? Could someone who has had this surgery please let me know what to expect? I was told that it is not a complicated surgery and that post-op varies but that at most 6 weeks and I should be back to normal.