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Im two steps away from thinking flying monkeys have cursed my bones...

A month ago I began to experience lightheadedness, kind of a mix between a dropping elevator feeling and vertigo on steroids. This feeling was also accompanied by a relentless headache that is immune to any headache med created by man. Around the same time my left hand started giving me excruciating pain that has now traveled a straight line up my arm. I never thought the arm and head issues were related. Even when my ortho explained to me that my arm pain was a combo issue of carpal tunnel and neck pain due to some funky sitting disk in my lower neck, I asked if it could make me lightheaded and he said no. It was decided that i would wear this brace on my wrist, if it helped it was the carpal tunnel if it didn't then further work would be done to investigate my neck. I choice to followup with my ENT in case it was vertigo or miners disease (I've wrestled with both possibilities in the past).

Fast forward to this week. The headache and lightheadedness got so bad it brought me down to my knees so of course I headed to the ER. A CT was done and I was told I had a subdural hematoma. So an MRI was ordered which said that this was a big negative and no SDH was present. However the neurosurgeon/spine specialist still wants to see me to review the CT.

During my two ER visits, because the feelings go became relentless and scared me, an inner ear issue was suggested. Well my ENT begs to differ despite the dizziness/lightheadedness, ear pain, and headache. He feels this way because a hearing test says my hearing is pristine.

So why am I here. Well the ENT believes all of my symptoms are related, from the hand to the neck, to my head. He has suggested possible cervical vertigo and a large laundry list of other possibilities that involves my spine.

My ortho issues include a small bulge on my L5/S1 along with degeneration, arthritis up my back, and orthosis. My left knee shows degeneration and arthritis, my shoulder is the same with an inflammation cocktail, and from the ortho Xray my disks in the lower section of my neck have close to no space between them where it should be. Everything is happening on the left side. Every-time i move my head i get woozy and now even if i look straight ahead i feel like a wave of wooziness has invaded my head. I have gotten use to the pain from my back, arm, and knee we are like bedfellows now who can be dysfunctional at times.

Has anyone experienced this cluster-screw of symptoms? Any light to shed? More info needed to help?


  • Have you had any diagnostic testing of your neck? Aside from an xray? If not, you may want to ask your surgeon to evaluate you for any neck problems.
  • sandi said:
    Have you had any diagnostic testing of your neck? Aside from an xray? If not, you may want to ask your surgeon to evaluate you for any neck problems.
    Thanks for the suggestion. After speaking with the neurosurgeon yesterday he did confirm that there is not a brain issue. He did, however, retake a xray and explained to me in more detail what he saw. I have an mri tomorrow and we review it Tuesday of next week. It appears, from what he could see, that there is something going on from c3 to c5. He explained that he of course needs the mri to tell exactly what is going on and what hanky panky these little buggers are doing on my neck and body. I'm just thankful to have direction at this point. I just hate that I waited so long and didn't ask the right questions that could have pointed them in this direction a bit sooner.
  • Unfortunately, I think most of us can understand feeling like we should have taken things more seriously earlier.......but , when it comes to the spine, most of us don't have the knowledge base to connect what might be related to our spines and what might be simple problems in other areas of our bodies, until it's a bit later than we would like.
    Hopefully, the MRI will give the surgeon the details he needs and then you guys can come up with a game plan for treatment.
    Good luck with your appointment and let us know what you find out......
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