The neurosurgeon showed me what's going on with my c-spine with pictures from the MRI and flexion-extension X-rays. Surgery would likely fix all the issues, the main one being spinal cord and nerve compression causing me pain in my left arm and shoulder. For now, it waxes and wanes, so I can live with it, but it will probably only get worse. I could try to live with it, try some PT, or just have the surgery and get it taken care of. It would mean fusing 3 vertebrae and probably spending one night in the hospital. My cost, if done right now, would be probably pretty low, and it could be done before next year.
I only remember surgeries done many years ago. Does anyone have more recent experience?