Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Anterior Cervical Disc Fusion
    robbieann7 posted:
    I'm having cervical disc fusion surgery on Mar 1, 2012 on C3-4 and C4-5 disc and am freaking out. At first I was told they were doing a disc replacement but then they found out I had 2 bad disc's so they can't do replacement. I'm being told that I only have to take 2 weeks off work (I do computer work and customer service) and shouldn't have any problems with lifting restrictions. This is the last resort after all the shots in the neck ect... Has anyone had this done? How were you feeling in 2 weeks? I'm only staying 1 night in the hospital and they said no neck brace or anything. I've been reading online and it seems like everything the surgeon told me is wrong.
    dorvin responded:
    In 1994 I had a fusion done on C-5 C-6 and when screwing in the plate they cracked C-6 and had to go down to C-7. I was sent home the same day. Yes, same day surgery! They dr. said I could get out of bed and go home and I laughed at him. I had a 6 hour ride home and just died. Very miserable for about 1 month. Could not return to work, I was a secretary. Had to hold my neck straight because of the pain. when I finally healed up all the migrains were gone and I would not have traded that surgery for anything. But, when they tell you you can return to work in two weeks and do computer work etc. they are not being truthful. Any other questions I am willing to answer.
    robbieann7 replied to dorvin's response:
    Thanks, I had a feeling that 2 weeks would not be enough time. Was there a lot of physical therapy afterwards? Are you better? I have numbness down my right arm to my hand which is why they decided surgery. They said if I don't have the surgery that besides the pain and numbness getting worse I would eventually lose my arm function. Thanks for answering.

    Spotlight: Member Stories

    I need cervical spinal surgery. My insurance will only cover the fusion type. I'd rather have the artiificial disk replacement surgery. UnitedHeal...More

    Helpful Tips

    feelin bad
    im in constant pain. L5 and 6 were fused almost a yr ago now and ive never been in so much pain in my 38 yrs old. my kids r and ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    0 of 0 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.