I'm a newbie to this forum, but I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in my early thirties. I had a fusion at the C5-6 level six years ago when I was 34. Recovery took a long while, but I wasn't in significant pain again until last summer when I started muscle spasms in the neck and shoulder area and pain down my left arm. An MRI shows that I have a mild protrusion at c4-5 and a moderate protrusion at c6-7. Surgeon would like to fuse the c6-7 level as epidurals and conservative treatment have failed. I'm not wild about the idea, but the pain is ruining my sleep and getting in the way of my normal, active lifestyle.