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@jenniferhunter-thank you for your detailed input. I appreciate the time you take to explain. It started with feeling like I got hit in the back of head with a baseball bat. Could not get head comfortable on a pillow. It felt like cement when I laid down. I have had xrays, MRIs. All show “normal” which of course I am thankful for that. All of the physical therapy, such as massage and MFR, say my C2 feels slightly twisted forward. This feeling has slowed moved up over my forehead and into eye area. They want to throw meds at me, of course, while I am trying to get to the root cause. It is 24/7. Does not go away. And I’ve now developed vertigo with it upon looking up. The stress of the sensation only causes more tension and guarding, so it’s difficult to release the additional stress it’s caused. I greatly appreciate the links you provided. Thank you.

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@nrd1 You are welcome. I would encourage you keep working with physical therapy because a muscle spasm that twists a spinal disc can be treated and the problem may be resolved. I know for myself, if either C1 or C2 is twisted a little forward, it causes the occipital headaches by stretching those muscles and tension, and that progresses to vertigo if I would look upward because that also stretches the vertebral artery in the vertebrae and looking upward then compresses it. Thanks for confirming that is your experience too. If I feel a headache at all, I will lay down to put the muscles on slack and check my alignment of C1 through C4. I'm fused at C5/C6. I can realign my neck very gently because I have worked with my therapist on correcting this. I had muscle spasms and thoracic outlet syndrome making my neck too tight on one side. I address all of that tightness with myofascial work, and it works. I have a lot fewer problems with this since I had spine surgery and my neck spasms have calmed down. Any neck therapy can be a risky business, so you have to work with a PT who is an expert, and not a chiroprator. I can still provoke a spasm if I have my head turned for too long, like watching TV if I don't have my body facing forward with my head, and then I stop and correct it, and massage out the kinks.

Here is our discussion about myofascial release.

This link has a lot of articles on head/neck/jaw issues and vestibular problems related to spine alignment.