Hi. I am new to the forum but am wondering if there are any users that have had ACDF surgery and have had balance problems or dizziness. I went to multiple ENTs for quite a few years. I had always had a little problem with tight muscles in my neck area etc and had been to pt etc. I had 3 nerve blocks over three years and the last MRI showed that my disc was in my spinal cord with possible damage. My neurosurgeon told me that it could absolutely cause the dizziness ( which is things are moving when I am not, not a spinning type of vertigo). I was diagnosed by the last ENT that said I had cervicogenic vertigo. I then pursued with the neuro. Of course the disc had to leave because it was causing much pain and pressed into my spinal cord. I had the surgery in April and am post op a little over 3 months. I wore a soft cervical collar for almost 3 months because of the severity of the spinal compression. I have been released and the bone is fusing as it should. I never took pain meds, muscle relaxers etc after surgery. Just Tylenol until I was able to take Advil or aleve. I am wanting to see if there is someone who has had the dizziness or something similar. I feel very alone in trying to explain this to friends and family as they never understood. I know that the disc was also pressed badly on a nerve. I am still having nerve pain and neuro said it could take up to two years to fully heal. I understand all of that but I have recently become dizzy again. It was better after surgery initially so now my question is this just part of my body healing and things get worse before they get better?? Any advice or comments would be appreciated!!!
ACDF surgery 4/25/2014 C6-C7
Off balance/dizziness since 2009