I've been to a few different neurosurgeons, all that have recommended surgery for spinal stenosis- i have the usual pain/numbness in hand and arm, shoulder pain, tremendous neck pain, slight balance issues - I'm not sure if there is anything you nice folks can recommend, but... did any of you go through this same thing? I sit in pain all day everyday , but it seems like there are so many possibilities that something can go wrong. (between the anesthesia, nerve/spinal chord damage, voice, swallowing.... the constant pain isnt that bad when i really think about it!) I dont read many stories of paralysis on this forurm - am i overreacting ?? Thank you all so much - this is such a great resource!