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C1-C2 fusion pain

Hi, I had a small break in my dens odontoid process a few years ago (2011). I had surgery to fuse c1 and c2 as the bone didn't heal while I had a halo brace on.

I have been pretty much fine since, playing sport (field hockey, so not much of a contact sport really) and for the most part have not been negatively impacted by the operation, spare a small decrease in my ability to swivel my neck to look at stuff, I might look like Lurch occasionally, as I tend to turn with my shoulders rather than my neck now. Anyway, all that aside, recently I have had a growing level of pain develop around where I was operated on, it just feels like I have a hot ball at the base of my skull.

I was wondering if any one else that underwent the same or similar procedures has had a similar experience and if you have any advice as to what I should do about it.

I wouldn't be too concerned, however the discomfort is increasing and beginning to give me migraines.

I thank you for your time and comments,

Cheers - Lewis


  • I haven't had your procedure, but I did have pain return after a surgery I had 12 years ago. Trust your gut. If you are having pain, like migraines, that's not okay. Good luck and keep us posted.
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
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