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cervicogenic tension headaches post of 4 level fusion

I am new to the site.

I've come to you wondering if anyone has suffered from Cervicogenic TENSION headaches a few years after a c3-c7 anterior fusion?

At first, I thought it was my vision causing these. It starts with severe occipital tightness that spreads up thru the temples and around my eyes. I've always been sensitive to bright light, but it's gotten worse.

I know that my c1-3 is working overtime. I'm scared because what happens if I have to get c1-3 fused? What happens?
Wondering also if muscle relaxers would help. I take nothing for pain and both of my fusions were very successful.

Carole Munns


  • I was recently looking for answers for the headaches that I have been getting for the last couple of years and finally found that the cervicogenic headaches description matches the headaches that I have been getting. I usually only get them a few times a month but the other day I had 4 episodes of bad pain that stopped me in my tracks. I also get muscle spasms in my neck and shoulder afterwards.They don't last all that long for me but I tend to feel nauseous and a little lightheaded from the pain of them. Sensitivity to light isn't bad with it every time but I think its because of the other issues that follow are bad enough to not notice. I was kind of hoping that once my neck issues are taken care of, the headaches would go away. I have herniated discs at C5 and C6 with fragments lodged in the nerve bed in my neck. C4 and C7 are bulging as well
    Tracie C
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