I got sick with the cfs 10 months ago. I have learned to pace myself, which I thinks helps sometimes. I still run low grade temps and feel like crude. Since I got sick, I noticed my neck was bothering me, amid all the other symptoms I have been having. I told my doctor to send me to a Neurologist, because I knew my neck was messed up, plus I have been having other neurological issues, including shock sensations running down one of my arms. I had an MRI that shows that my Spinal cord is being pressed on in my neck. I was told by the Neurologist and Neurosurgeon that I would get progressively worse, and could lose the use of my arms and legs. Also, if I have a minor accident that bends my neck to far I could be paralyzed from the neck down. Severe arthitis has attacked my neck and all the vertebrae are messed up and causing the narrowing in my spinal column in my neck. I am scheduled to have surgery Dec 19th. The plan is to cut most of my vertebrae in my neck and put chunks of doner bone in each of my vertebrae to increase the size of my spinal column, thereby taking pressure off my spinal cord. The operation is called a Lamnioplasty. If I catch cold, they won't do the surgery, as they worry about risk of infection. I had a cold a few weeks ago, and have been feeling worse with being tired, my small temps, scratchy throat,stomach cramps with diarhea, ect. I just want to have this surgery and get it over with. It's a risky surgery that can mess me up worse (paralysis, more pain ect). I am afraid of how I will recooperate from this fairly major surgery, while I am still dealing with the CFS. Has anyone out there had to have surgery with this CFS also? As most of you can imagine, I am stressed out about having this surgery, and you all know what stress does to us... probably why I am so crudy right now.