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New / Sorting Out Symptoms - Cervical Spine and Neurological

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello, everyone!

I've been having some issues that were initially labeled neurological and I recently ended up in the hospital after the symptoms became scary. A CT on my neck identified some previously unknown issues. I've got an upcoming neurology appointment, but I'm really wondering which of these symptoms might actually be explained by the neck problems.

CT Results:

c5-6 mild endplate schleroris, anterior and posterior spurring, Left lateral disk herniation. There is encrouachment on the anterior thecal sac

c6-7 mild enplate sclerosis and decreased disk height. Mild degeneration of the uncovertebral disk.

Puncuate tonsillar calcification

The symptoms:

•constant headaches
•Left-sided weakness (mainly just the three smallest fingers)and the left leg gets tired quickly and buckles on me
*memory issues
*neck completely or partially locking
•blurred vision
•dizziness followed quickly by passing out several times a week
•lack of coordination (I totally failed the finger to the nose test)
•face going numb (mostly left side), once resulting in temporary inability for people to understand my speech
•temporary loss of ability to move my left foot

Thanks so much!


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Everyone is different and I can only tell you of my experience with cervical issues. I had a 4 level fusion done on my cervical spine. The symptoms that led me to surgery were vision issues, dizziness, clumsiness, headaches, shoulder and neck pain. My legs would seem to go out from under neath me quite a bit right before my surgery. Upon waking from my surgery I still had pain but not the same pain as before surgery. My surgery was in March and I have had no eye or vision problems since. My balance is back to normal and the pain is now controlled with medication. The issue that led to all my problems was severe cervical stenosis.
  • Thank you so much, Susan.

    I'm glad you found a way to better manage your symptoms. I cringed when I read how many surgeries you have endured.

    I appreciate you sharing your symptoms. I'm guessing I'm early stage because there was no "severe" in my CT report. I've almost felt like I must be losing my mind with all of these weird symptoms. Hearing that the dizzy, vision and clumsy problems can be associated with neck issues is a relief. Now hopefully my docs can put together a solution!

    Thanks again,
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