I've been having neck issues for over a year. It hurts all the time and I get pretty frequent headaches. But occasionally there are severe episodes where I'm screaming in pain and it feels like a knife turning at the base of my skull. My face goes numb, I can't see and talking becomes difficult. The last episode lasted over 10 hrs long. They're sure its not migraines. They think it's instability of c1 and c2, and it's possible I could need those fused. I have an appt in 2 wks with a neuro surgeon...but I'm nervous because I've heard that the instability can be dangerous because that's where your spinal cord and nerves are that control breathing, movement etc... Oh and since the last episode my arms have been really heavy feeling and achy. I can actually feel the bones shift in my neck if moved quickly. Anyone dealt with this??? or had c1-c2 fused???