I have just been looking into more of my symptoms before my appointment with the neurosurgeon this Thursday, and I was wondering if anyone else had experience with similar symptoms to what I'm having due to increased intracranial pressure from cerebro-spinal fluid blockage.
I already have a history of spinal and auto-immune issues (I'm 32 years old and of average weight, if that matters). I have spondyloarthropathy/arthritis and Crohn's Disease. The doctor has also suggested I may have carpal tunnel and to look into that after this current and more pressing spinal problem. I have already had 2 surgeries on my spine, but they were in my lower back. Discectomy, then later a fusion surgery at the L5-S1 level. I've also had two surgeries on my left shoulder to repair arthritic damage there.
Currently I have two ruptured discs in my neck (C5-C6, and C6-C7), and an osteophyte (bone spur) complex on my 5th vertebra. The report categorized it as causing "moderate" increased intracranial pressure and spinal stenosis. My neurological symptoms have been these:
- Headaches: Mostly at the front and sides of my head. Occasional sharp, severe pain that only lasts for a few seconds.
- Dizziness: Usually comes along with the headaches, but not enough that I fall down or anything.
- Nausea: Varying in severity, but has not been enough to actually cause me to vomit.
- Tinitis: This one is a little weird. I hear clicks and snaps in my ears when my spine "cracks" or my vertebrae pop. The sound is much like what you hear if you're underwater and something clicks. I also hear my heartbeat in my ear with increased activity or lying on a pillow. I hear it in the side that's put to the pillow.
- Mood Issues: I seem to have rather random bouts of sadness, depression, and irritability.
- Facial Tingling/Numbness: This began a few months ago, where the left side of my face would begin to tingle and feel rather numb. It usually accompanies increased neck pain and most often happens when I'm lying down. This has on occasion gone down to my left shoulder, arm, and hand as well.
- Eye Pressure: I occasionally get a feeling of pressure and soreness behind my left eye.
I originally had a "spine rehab specialist" tell me that those symptoms could not be related to my spine problems because the actual damage is at the joints too low to affect those nerves. However, after reading about the pressure issue, I found that all those symptoms are associated with the increase. So, here are my questions for anyone else like this:
1. Have any of you had similar problems to these?
2. Did you have surgery later on?
3. Did surgery help?
4. Did your problems return later on?
Any other insight, advice, or opinions about what I might be looking at with this condition would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks everyone!