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Sensation of Head Falling of Spine

nics7nnics7 Posts: 1
edited 01/18/2016 - 7:14 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello everyone,

I am a 27 y/o female who has been very active throughout my life. Last July, I injured my wrist from what was believed to be tendinitis. That healed, then got much worse. To the point that I couldn't even use my hand without pain and numbness. My wrist and arm have improved since.

Recently, I've been experiencing increasing pain and tightness in my neck. I've always been pretty tense (habit of clenching my jaw when stressed), but this has been wildly different. When I lean forward or turn my head to the left (and rarely when I turn it to the right), I feel my head shift out of place. When I correct my stance to a neutral upright position with my head straight forward, I feel my head "clunk" or roll back over something and "fall" back into place. This is happening more and more to the point where I notice it all day (maybe I'm just paying attention to it?). Conjoined also with this feeling, I've been getting headaches starting at the back of my head, that radiate to my forehead/eyes when its at its worst. With large amounts of these motions and sensations, especially when stocking (requirement at work), I become lightheaded as a result. Lastly, there is intermittent pain upon palpation of the right side of my cranial/cervical region (muscle?), and intermittent tightness on the right side of my neck radiating to the front and also down into my thoracic.

Just some additional info: I've had an MRI of my c-spine. Results showed multi-level degeneration and a mass. I am scheduled for a CT-scan to determine what the mass is. Could a mass or muscle knot cause this feeling? It's a very troubling sensation... to feel my head shift out of, then back into place.

What is this? I've researched some and am certain it is instability of my C-1/C-2, but I definitely don't want to be jumping to conclusions either. Any information or help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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