@John57 - I have had surgery for cervical stenosis and have had good results. I can understand your hesitation to go under the knife, but I wish I had not put it off as long as I did.
When I had surgery, they also removed two herniated discs I had that were causing a lot of pain and discomfort.
The recovery time was not as long as I thought it would be either. I was able to get out of bed the same day, and only had to stay in the hospital for three days.
Once I was home, I took it easy and was gradually able to return to my normal activities. Having surgery as treatment for my cervical stenosis was something that worked well for me. Relief from the nagging pain is wonderful.
This is something you will want to work closely with your doctor on to determine if this is the best route for you to go.