How many here have back problems? Must be all that scribbling on the internet.
It's brave of her to risk neck surgery. I wouldn't. I have two slipped discs, one in my lower back and the other in my neck. The one in my neck is pressing down on a nerve root in my left arm and the pain at times is extremely severe. Still, I'm opting out of surgery. It is a very narrow place for a surgeon to navigate in and the risk of paralyzes is simply too high.
The worst thing about nerve root pain is that ordinary painkillers have no effect, and the pain is worse than giving birth.