I wanted to pop in and also welcome you to the forum!
You have had excellant advice here, and I just wanted to add one more thought. While surgery should be the very last resort,....I believe the cervical sugeries are more successful than the lumbar. I have several friends at work that have had the cervical sugery....and all of them have done quite well. While it may not get rid of all the pain, it may reverse some of the numbness in the arms and hands.
Make sure you ask a lot of questions, and by all means get a second and maybe a third opinion if you are thinking about surgery. Also, many here would suggest a neurosurgeon over a orthopedic surgeon.
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