I had a C1-C2 fusion in December of 2001 as a result of an auto accident. It has been over 6 years and I still have pain, muscle spasms and stiffness. I too have tried the strong painkillers and muscle relaxers in an attempt to find relief. The best pain medication I have found is Ultracet-a noncontrolled med that is a mix of Tramadol and Acetaminophen. Unfortunately, I was advised not to have physical therapy and not to push my neck to regain movement.
In addition to the pain, I have had mood issues and increasing hearing loss since my surgery. Is this common with this type of fusion???
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