I'm new to spine-health and am a 46 years old mother of two that works full time. My cervical injuries began in 1989 - two high impact front end collisions that occurred within thirty days of eachother. I've had chronic cervical pain for 20 years. I also had pinched nerve in the lumbar region from an injury in 1985 that resulted in numbness in leg. My MRI/Xray history is below. The chronic pain has been progressive to the point that I am considering either changing occupations or working part time.
In 1999 I flew on a plane and heard a "pop" in my ears that resulted in acute vertigo and basilar migraines. For the past 10 years the vertigo and migraines have consumed my life as well in addition to the cervical and lumbar pain. In 2004 I accidently dropped my two year old on the floor because my right arm went numb and learned I had disc bulges in various cervical lower discs. It was recommended I have ACDF by one neurosurgeon, but a second opinion in 2007 said that was the wrong thing to do.
In 2008 I learned I had 3 types of vertigo: vestibular positional vertigo, basilar vertigo that contributed to the migraines, and now cervicogenic vertigo caused by instability of C2-3 (can't hold head up). This is disabling and the neurosurgeon recommends physical therapy to avoid surgery.
Has anyone experienced this? I wonder if there is a "cervicogenic vertigo" support group out there somewhere that might have some recommendations. I've been on disability for two months because I get vertigo when I drive. This can't go on... does anyone have suggestions?
9/17/2009 - Cervical Xray
-Subluxation between C2-3
-5 spurs and arthritis throughout cervical spine
-DDD changed from moderate to severe
-Increase in minimal to mild disc space narrowing from C5-6 thru C-7-T1
4/23/2008 - MRI Lumbar Spine
-DDD changes at L5-S1 with a small posterior midline focal disk prodtrusion, with mild mass effect on the emerging right S1 nerve root
4/9/2007 - MRI Cervical Spine
-Slight reversal of cervical lordosis centered on C4 level
-C5-6 mild spurring at the foraminal level on the right with slight central bulging of the disc with compromise of the cord and mild foraminal narrowing laterally on the left.
-C6-7 mild left paracentral disc protrusion and mild foraminal narrowing laterally on the left.
9/2/2004 - Cervical Xray
- DDD w/minimal right paramedian disc protrusion at C5-C6 and minimal left paramedian dis rotrusion at C6-7
- Minor disc bulging at C3-4 and C4-5
6/26/2001 - Cervical Xray
- Mild posterior spurring at C3-4, C4-5, and C5-6 on the right.
- Cervical lordosis