These are two of the conditions I've been diagnosed with, both moderate to severe. Can someone explain what this means (other than the obvious) since my doctors have never bothered or had the time to explain what this means for the future. I have had 2 cervical anterior fusions due to herniated disks. It was explained to me that the surgery was necessary because of the numbness, weakness and pain in my arms and hands. My neurosurgeon said without it the damage would become permanent. But now I have chronic pain and starting to have similar problems with C4. The fusions were C6-C7 and C5-C6. I am also having some pretty severe pain in my lower back. Is this to be expected? I'm scared, frustrated and very depressed. Any information is greatly appreciated.