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Neck pain, head pressure, facial tingling, and a host of other symptoms

not4saknnnot4sakn Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:56 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Since April 2008 I have been dealing with daily neck pain, head pressure, visual floaters, nausea, disoriented, and brain fog. Within the last year or so I have developed facial tingling/fullness that is mostly left sided along the cheek and jaw line and sometimes tingling that radiates into my left arm.

This went undiagnosed for over 2 years and finally I saw a neurologist in Atlanta, GA who viewed the same film the other doctors and seen and spotted something out of the ordinary. According to him I have two bulged disc at C3&4, and C5&6. He believes there's nerve impingement causing all the symptoms, even the facial tingling which would be a form of trigeminal neuralgia.

So far I have had an epidural injection in my neck and botox injections and neither have alleviated any of the symptoms. He suggested I take gabitril but due to the side effects I have opted against it.

All the x-ray's I've had are atleast 3 years old. My cervical MRI was done on an open MRI which many say isn't as accurate. I have also had CT scans, MRA's, countless bloodwork, lymes panel, etc... and everything came back negative.

I'm thinking about having some more recent cervical MRI's on an enclosed machine to see how things have progressed over the years since I'm experiencing new symptoms from it.

This has been the longest 3 years of my life and there seems to be no end in sight. After spending thousands of dollars, traveling out of state, various doctors, chiropractors, needles, I'm beginning to feel I will just have to deal with this but I have to believe there will be a breakthrough!

I've often wondered if my symptoms are even associated with cervical issues. I've pursued other options like gluten free diets, tmj specialists, etc...Is there anyone that could offer me any advice? Anything will be appreciated.
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  • You're right that's a good start to get new flexion/extension x-rays and an MRI. I hope this Dr. will work with you. I've been at it for 3.7 years and found a new Sports Med Dr. (Physiatrist) who needs to know where my sciatica is coming from. It's good to have hope. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Still no answers! I had a recent MRI with contrast showing a herniated disc at c5/c6. The neurosurgeon says I don't need surgery yet but the only symptoms the disc would cause would be left arm pain or tingling but no headaches or facial tingling like I've experienced. He thinks it's a result of something else but like every other doctor to date, that something else is still undiagnosed!
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