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Dizziness and fainting spells

I have had a cervical fusion of C5-C7 done on March 19th and have been having intense dizziness with fainting spells. Is this normal? Im just wondering if this is related to the neck issue or is this something different. I have tried to pin point possibilities of what could be triggering these episodes but have come up with nothing. At first I thought it was the pain medications but these spells have happened when they have had plenty of time to have worn off and when I have not taken any meds yet. Then thought maybe due to low blood sugar so I have checked sugar and it is fine. I drink plenty of fluids because I thought I might be dehydrated. Then I thought it might be my neck brace that had my neck extended to far so I had it readjusted so that is not it either. Just not sure what to do and they are scary.


  • Yikes, Keller! No, this is not normal - especially the fainting part!

    If you haven't already put in a call to your surgeon about this, I would do that immediately - leaving a message so you are the first on their list Monday morning!

    One other thing to look at is - is your head in a particular position when you start feeling dizzy?

    It sounds like you have ruled out as much as you could, which will be helpful to your surgeon, but it sounds like it is time for you to let your surgeon know what is happening.

    That's my opinion.

    I will say that when I started physical therapy two weeks ago, a few of their bending exercises did cause me slight dizziness for a moment or two, but then subsided. What you are describing is definitely different.

    Please let us know what you find out!

    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
  • Thank you I will let you know....I start physical therapy tomorrow so we will see what she says as well
  • It is absolutely NOT normal to be passing out, and you need to call your PCP or Surgeon right away.
    There are several reasons that could be causing these episodes. Do not try to figure it out, go and see someone for this before you hurt yourself more as you recently have had surgery.
    They will do some baseline labs to start and then possibly some more tests, but definately do not cont. to wait.
    Keep us posted
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  • FrancineSFFFrancineSF Posts: 318
    edited 04/07/2013 - 1:03 PM
    Keller -

    I am pretty sure I would not be waiting around to ask a physical therapist whom I am just meeting, whom you don't know and who doesn't know anything about your history or symptoms to give me an opinion OVER calling your surgeon.

    Not sure what your apprehension is to calling your surgeon, but s/he is the one who really needs to know this sooner than later.

    And, especially if you are driving and have experienced fainting (not necessarily while driving, but at all) - DEFINITELY not a good combo.

    I am far from an alarmist - but fainting and regularly and repeatedly being dizzy would be two things that would concern me enough to get in touch with my surgeon IMMEDIATELY when I realized that there was a pattern.

    You said you were scared - don't ignore that gut instinct.
    If you faint and mess up your neck or back or anything else because of how you fall - definitely not good.

    good luck to you.
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
  • and welcome to Spine Health.

    I do hope that you have now contacted your surgeon about this dizziness and fainting spells.
    I agree with the others that it is definately not normal after a cervical fusion and you could spoil the surgeon's work if you fell when fainting. He should know about this to make the decision of what should happen now. It could be a complication from the surgery that needs dealing with.

    Please do let us know how you get on and hopefully this will be dealt with and you will be able to continue with a smooth recovery.

    Take care,
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