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woody308wwoody308 Posts: 3
edited 10/11/2015 - 7:20 AM in New Member Introductions

About 2 weeks ago I was diagnosed with instability of c1/c2.

My trauma occurred approx. 6 months ago. I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and while drilling a move at slow speed/no resistance my partner cranked my neck suddenly at full force. I heard a pop and pain was immediate. The pain was muscular (no nervous system symptoms) and I took a solid 3 months off and recently went back to training BJJ. My Ortho appointment was 4 weeks ago, negative findings on all tests (spine xray, CT and MRI). The Doc wanted a flexion/extension xray because the only symptom I have is a clunk every once in a while when I look up and to the right. Xray shows instability of C1/C2. I will get the measurements at my next appt. I recall 6mm as a number.

Ortho Doc says no to any activity and is recommending fusion at C1/C2. He has referred me to a neurosurgeon for a second opinion. I take no pain meds other than OTC NSAID occasionally.

I am bummed and really cant fathom that I am in that much danger based on my symptoms.




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  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 497
    Getting other medical opinions is always good, but I wouldn't ignore your ortho Dr's warning of no activities at this time, otherwise you could be risking becoming paralyzed. Until you know for sure, I'd give it a rest, and safely wait to get NS opinion.
  • woody308wwoody308 Posts: 3
    edited 10/11/2015 - 12:47 PM
    Sheri76--I do plan on taking it easy until my next appointment. Who knows when that will be, I waited almost 3 months for the ortho appointment. The thought of a c1/c2 fusion is making me VERY nervous. The doc said he does it all the time but I'm finding this type of surgery is rare, so I am cautious. I haven't read a post on here yet about a successful fusion at that level.
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