I'm 46. Two years ago (Dec 28th,will be two years) I had C5-C6 ,C6-C7 removed and fused with a titanium plate a six screws. I was experiencing numbness and tingling in my right arm and hand, pain down my right arm, pain that felt like it was right under my right scapula,and almost no range of motion in my neck.
I first noticed the symptoms while skiing, I would lose feeling in my right hand.Then when I was running I would experience the tingling. I went to see a Spinal Surgeon and was told I had spinal stenosis between C5-C6 and would one day require surgery, but my surgeon was in no rush, especially after
I told him my experience with shoulder impingement surgery that resulted in a frozen shoulder, despite dilligent adherence to PT (only ART helped, HIGHLY recommend it). Anyway my surgeon said let's just monitor irt and if the symptoms get worse, we'll operate.
I was running in Central Park and a guy on a mountain bike ran me over at full speed. Soon after the sypmtoms got real bad, it was very difficult to even sleep. My right arm had shrivelled pretty badly. I went for my EMG tests and was told the nerves weren't firing near capacity and they said surgery was needed iimmediately.
I had the surgery and all the neck pain ,shoulder, scapula and arm pain went away. Almost immediately. The only symptom I'm left with is numbness in my right thumb, no big deal. I started hitting the weights right after surgery and and now, two years later, am where I was before everything turned south. Make sure you get second,third opinions, find a good doctor ( I was in Manhattan and was frotunate to find a great spine guy). Good luck!