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    Hi. New to this forum. Wondering for those of you who have had a c1-c2 break how are you all doing? How bad are your limitations? I'm 2 years in.

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    You will find people here are more likely to share if you 1) complete your incomplete profile and 2) share a little about yourself first.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      Ok sounds great! Well I updated my profile and here's some about what happened to me. I live in Texas and 2 years ago I was in the car with one of my girlfriends on my lunch break, we were going shoe shopping And a gentleman who went into a diabetic coma hit our car. My head was turned because I was talking to my friend and then Bam. I broke my C1-C2 in the accident. I had to get a posterior fusion, they grafted the bone from my hip, unbelievable amount of pain. Because of how high up I broke I have extreme limitations on turning my head. I can't turn left to right, well maybe 5 degrees each way. In surgery they tried to pull the bones away from my spinal cord, they were pressing on it rather bad, they could pull it off minimally. So I still have numbness in my arms occasionally. Any further pulling it away would have caused worse damage. Now I'm a walking hardware store.

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        #4
        Originally posted by praises
        Now I'm a walking hardware store.
        Congrats. You faired very well in the accident.

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          #5
          I hope you realize how extremely lucky you are. A serious spinal cord injury at C1-2 would result in you having no movement below your head and being ventilator dependent 24/7. Were you in a halo brace after surgery?

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            #6
            Originally posted by SCI-Nurse
            I hope you realize how extremely lucky you are. A serious spinal cord injury at C1-2 would result in you having no movement below your head and being ventilator dependent 24/7. Were you in a halo brace after surgery?

            (KLD)
            Having a C1/2 injury is indeed very lucky.
            Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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              #7
              Zilla, you don't consider someone with a C1-2 fracture who is essentially neurologically intact as lucky????

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                As in walking - oh! I stand corrected.
                Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                  #9
                  No I was in no Halo. I went to one of the best if not the best neurosurgeon in Houston. He said no halo. What was intersting is that I got an opinion from another neurosurgeon who wanted to put me in the halo. I'm very blessed on several fronts and including the fact that I didn't have to wear the halo. I really am blessed I'm alive. I have to remind myself of that daily when I get frustrated with what I can and can not do.

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                    #10
                    Welcome to the board praises. So glad you were blessed.
                    Thank God for all the good things he does. Post often.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by praises
                      Hi. New to this forum. Wondering for those of you who have had a c1-c2 break how are you all doing? How bad are your limitations? I'm 2 years in.

                      Welcome to CC Praises! I had a C3-C4 and T12-L1 sci, along with other injuries. However, the 20 year anniversary (if that's what you want to call it) is coming up. I too was extremely lucky, and most of the damage was caused from the T12-L1 injury. I can definitely set off the metal detectors in the airport!
                      Live Every Day Like It's Your Last!

                      C3-C4 and T12-L1 since July 1988

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                        #12
                        Thanks for the warm welcome! This is a great forum!!

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                          #13
                          I also broke my c1 or c2 vertebra and thank G-d (or not), it didn't damage the spinal cord. I had a halo and healed fine. My limited neck movement though is due to the fusion of my c5-c7 vertebrae, but it's not as limited as yours.

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                            #14
                            I'm close, C2/3 23 years post. I'm glad to hear how everything went well for you, I'm immobile below my injury and am very limited on how much I can be off a ventilator.

                            Glad you found us.
                            C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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