Hi. This is about my dad. He is 62. He went undiagnosed for about 6 months before the docs found it was stenosis C5-7. This time last year he was helping my brother frame up an extension for his house (but having shoulder pain looked into) He walked into his first surgery in Jan this year with his cane, second surgery in April he was wheeled in in his chair. He has had a little improvement, but only short term. He is deteriorating rapidly. The paralysis/spasticity was on his left side, but is rapidly deteriorating through his right side. He can barely get up from a chair now, can't stand for more than a few minutes, his shuffling time (can't call it walking anymore) is getting slower and slower. He's also losing bowel function. This man was a firefighter and builder. Now all he can do is sit in a chair. He is in pain constantly. I can't imagine what he's thinking, but he's a stubbornly proud man, to his detriment, and barely complains. He dreamt of travelling Australia in his 4WD with his fishing boat on the back. This looks to be impossible. Mum is his full time carer, she won't be enjoying her retirement either. PT makes him feel better, probably the distraction and being busy for a while, but any exercise or exertion makes his symptoms worse. What happens when surgery doesn't work. Is there any hope for him? The doctors, specialists and surgeons do everything at a snails pace here. What happens when he just can't get out of his chair? The day will come very soon.