I have a service connected neck disability rated at 20% (degenerative disc disease). In the past several weeks I have had terrible neck, shoulder and arm pain. The pills and shots in the butt given by the VA hospital have had little effect. I'm unable to lie flat for the 30 minutes required for an MRI. A few days ago I was given a CT scan as I was able to handle the three minutes required for it. The scan confirmed a nerve being pinched by the discs. My doctor is considering that maybe I should have two discs fused together but still wants me to undergo an MRI to get more detail to see if the surgery can be performed. I may be going through some physical therapy next week to see if maybe that can reduce the pain enough so that I can lie flat. I hope to know something on Monday. Anyway, I'm not overly excited about the possibility of having neck surgery. When I was still on active duty I had steroid shots directly in my neck to alleviate the pain. My VA doctor refuses to do that, saying that it's too dangerous. I would prefer a shot now and then rather than having neck surgery. My question is: If I have neck surgery will that affect my rating? Would my rating go to zero, stay the same, or possibly go up because of the surgery? Just trying to weigh all the factors. Has anyone else gone through this? Thanks for any inputs or advice.