Hi- I'm just very happy to find this site as it seems to be the most promising I have come across so far.
I have a disequilbrium balance problem. And I have had it for 13 years straight now. To make a VERY long story short I was working as a longshoreman lifting 350 plus pond tires off the ground with my back. Also did some jackhammering.
I never felt anything snap or anything like that but I got really sick feeling at work one day turned white as a ghost and felt dizzy,weak & unsteady.
Okay lets jump ahead now past 5 emergency room visits, 1 sinus surgery, 40 medical specialists including 12 Ent's 11 Neurologists, 4 Chiropractors, Vestibular Therapists, Physical Therapists,Holistics,Psychologist, ENG,VNG,EMG
MRI"S,CT Scan,Flex X ray, Upper Cervical Treatment.........
NO answers no suggestions,no help. I forced one of my Neurologists to take an MRI of my neck & back. The balance problems started 13 years ago but the neck & back really started appearing about six years ago. They found bulging,herniated discs in my cervical spine. And still insisted it has nothing to do with my balance issues. I refused to listen to that and kept moving ion to others to try to find answers
Here are my symptoms -
1- Feel like I'm standing in a row boat, NOT room spinning!
2- I have sensations as if I'm walking in sand, sinking into the ground, My body feels like when your in an elevator going up and then it comes to stop. We all have felt that in an elevator.
3- I cannot sit up straight in a chair or I start tipping over.
4- Walking is a problem and the dizzy like feeling is day & night always.
It gets worse and worse as time goes on.
5- Extreme tightness,stiffness,soreness,burning aching in my back and neck.
The only thing that gives me any relief for a little while is a swimming pool of all things.
Just slowly walking around in the water relieves all symptoms temporarily many times.
I lost my job of 17 years due to this and all my medical benefits,sold nearly all i own and have been denied SS disability three times. I know it's my neck and back that are causing my balance vertigo like problems. Cervical Vertigo perhaps? I haven't tried acupuncture yet because of funds. But I will someway some how.
Thanks For listening