I am scheduled for a C4-6 fusion Wednesday. I thought I should use my own bone for the graft. I met with a friend who told me I should not use my own bone because I would never feel the same again. (Painful, long healing process, and a nagging pain forever after.) I am 47 and physically active. I don't want to regret this decision. Can someone give me an idea as to what to expect, is it really going to haunt me? I have appreciated the knowledge and advice offered during the last three weeks that I have been going through this process.