Hello! I am new to this forum. My neck pain started in June 09 with just a stiff neck. It wouldn't last very long and only happens once or twice a month. By the end of Aug it was happening every week and lasting longer. I went to a doctor who tried to tweek my neck(didn't know she was going to do that). It hurt very badly so much that she had to do manual traction on my neck. Sent me for xrays and told me she was setting me up for pt. I was already going to pt for my knee (had surgery in July 09) and had an appt for the following Tues. By time Tue arrived I couldn't move my neck, left side of face, neck and arm was going numb. Pt took one look at me and sent me to er(they thought I was having a stroke). They did a ct scan and found I had some problem disks in neck. Gave me pain meds and told me to go to my doc for MRI. We are retired military so they don't like to just do MRIs without exhausting every other option. Pt helped some but stiff neck always returned. After 4 weeks of Pt they finally decided to do a MRI. By this time it is late Oct. After MRI (which they said some bulging in neck) they sent me to pain management for the shot series. First shot on Nov 11th. After 2 days stiff neck gone and was feeling great until weekend before Thanksgiving when new symptoms occur. Gave me more meds and by mid Dec when I went for 2nd shot, doctor looked at me and order another MRI of brain and spine. Finally got to go see a nuerologist in Jan 10 who told me I had a C6 & C7 herniated disk and a bulging C4. Wanted to try all options before recommending surgery so he put me on steriods for 6 days. That didn't work so he had me try pt again and that also didn't work. So I finally got to see a neo surgeon (this is mid May) and he said that I would need a 3 disk fusion. But he wanted me to try the shots one more time. Said that after the second shot, if it didn't work he would do the surgery. I had my 1st shot last Friday, June 25th. Has now been 1 week and shot has not changed a thing. Have 2nd shot scheduled for July 26th. I have been reading quite a few of the post here and found out others have the same symptoms I have and had the surgery. My question is has anyone had a 3 disc fusion, what the recovery time is and what kind of range motion do you have? I am scared about having the surgery but I want to be able to do things again.I know this is kinda long but thanks for listening.