I had a C1 Fracture 11 weeks ago. I have been off the brace all day except while in a car. I wake up every morning fine until about 10:00. After that time my shoulders start stiffing and hurting. I have been noticing some swelling near my front of my lower neck. I know it takes time to heal but the swelling and pain is unbearable where I have to leave work by noon. Wondering if I am aggravating something. I do a lot of movement at work. I've also notice that I have swelling in the back of my head where it is painful to lay down and move. I was hoping by the 12th week I would be better but something new comes along.