Hello, I have been suffering dizziness and lightheadedness for a year. I've known about my herniated cervical disc, degenerative disc disease, and stenosis for 3 years. Never experienced symptoms until a year ago. The first neurologist I saw [three years ago] told me that cervical spine surgery was at my discretion, that I was not in imminent danger. Nevertheless, I had a 3-tier fusion three months ago thinking my cervical spine the likely cause of the dizziness. The surgeon also opened up the canal. I got some relief for 10 days, but then the dizziness and lightheadedness returned, though, at about half the intensity as before. During my follow-up appointment, I was told that I could be experiencing a "rebound effect" which may go away over time. If it does not go away, the rest of my life will be miserable. Subsequent surgery, the surgeon reported no apparent damage to my cord or nerve branches. Saw the surgeon again a few days ago. Surgeon took a look at my fresh C-scan and then declared my fusion successful; however, he also told me that there is still some arthritis in my neck. I'm going back to see my neurologist in a couple of weeks. "Dizziness/ lightheadedness only occurs when I'm standing." I suspect some spinal compression remains. Can someone knowledgeable and experienced give me a prognosis? At the moment, my quality of life is poor. The only escape from the dizziness/ lightheadedness is to assume a supine position. Some days are better than others, but I have gone directly from being fully involved in life to hermit status. I would rather lose an arm and a leg than live with this dizziness for the rest of my life. Any knowledge you may deem important to convey will be greatly appreciated. Out of billions of people, I can't be the only one who has experienced this medical conundrum. Other than the dizziness, my health is very good. 58-year-old male.
Note: Over the past year, I've seen 3 ENTs, an allergist, 2 cardiologist, 1 neurotologist, 1 neurologist, and 1 neurosurgeon.