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posterior c1 and c2 vertabra fusion

just wanna know how long it takes for c1 c2 posterior vertabra fusion to heal and if i should still be hearing clicking and crunching noises over a month after i had surgery. really need some advice. i still have alot of pain and discomfort. cant sleep in my bed and cant even wash my hair properly. so please if anyone had this type of surgery contact me and share your experience it would be greatly apreciated. thank you


  • Welcome. I had an anterior fusion back in Jan 2011 and freaked out about the same issues. The crunching sounds are normal and so is the pain. You should be seeing your doctor again in 2 weeks so p,ease ask these questions yourself. If the pain is not being addressed by your current meds, call the office. Everyone is different and healing rates are different. I have known people with the same surgery as I had with the same doctor and they progressed much more rapidly than I did and had very little pain. I found out later after a year and a half of unexplained pain, that I had permanent nerve damage that they had not tested prior to the surgery at C6/7. I still would have to do the surgery to prevent further damage at other area but it would have been nice to know that I wasn't crazy. Hang in and keep the faith. Things will get better.
    Just make sure you follow all your doctors orders. Don't push yourself!

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