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Anyone dizzy motion sick all the time??

I have alot of spine issues. Had 5 back surgeries including a fusion L5-S1. Over the last couple years along with increasing pain in my low, mid & neck, I've been dizzy & motion sick feeling all the time. I've been referred to a ear, nose & throat specialist for the "dizzy" condition and its been looked at as something completely separate from my spine/neck condition. As I research I've come across documents saying dizziness can be caused by neck compression. This is not something I have heard before nor has my doctor mentioned it. Has anyone had any experience with this? And if so, any treatment that helped the dizziness? The list is so long with pain and weakness already. Being dizzy AND in pain all the time is putting me over the edge. Thanks!



  • jimhill88jjimhill88 Posts: 3
    edited 06/14/2015 - 7:09 AM
    Hello PCASE0620,
    I know how frustrating dizziness can be when you have other spine issues going on. I have been lightheaed and dizzy for the past three years. It came and went with intensity. I went to an ear nose and throat doctor. Had an mri, was diagnosed with Benign positional vertigo. They performed treatment to alleviate the problem to no avail. They kind of just gave up. Approx. 2-yrs ago I began having neck pain. The pain traveled down my left arm causing weakness and tingling in my fingers. I went to a chiropractor to with no results. By that time my right arm was experienceing burning pain an weakness as well. I had an additional MRI's and was diagnosed with OPLL in the spinal column. This was calcification of the ligments inside of the spinal column. The calcification was pinching nerves an choking off my spinal column. I had surgery last September, removing the spinal column ligments and having fusion of C3-7 vertebre. Now 9-months post op I no longer have the burning pain down the arms or weakness although I did loose a lot of muscle through atrophy. I am still light headed, having daily headaches and neck pain. I feel that my pain is more muscle related than nerve though I do get pins and needles type sensation in my neck. My pain Mngt. doctor said that my initial dizziness was probable due to cervical vertigo or in other words neck related.
    All I can suggest to is to go to an ear nose and throat doctor an see if they can help. If not the cervical fusion which I had cn alleviated some burning pain and pinhed nerves but did not rule out ongoing chronic pin and light headness.

    Best of Luck
    jim hill
  • Cervical spine issues can definitely cause a light headed feeling and dizziness., along with balance issues. It's one of the main reasons I had ACDF on C3, C4, and C5 in 2009. I had terrible issues with it which were ameliorated by the surgery, though now 6 years later I'm apparently having new, fusion caused problems. But yes, in my case, I can definitely say that cervical spine issues can cause dizziness. In my case, it wasn't a "room spinning" vertigo, but rather a constant sensation of what a person can feel after standing up too fast.
  • Hello
    My husband was diagnosed with opll about 2 years ago. He did had neck surgery for spinal stenosis but never saw end improvement. 6 months later was diagnosed with opll. The dizziness has been difficult to deal with. He does not drive far from home and has not worked in 42 months. They have not considered additional surgery at this point. Some days are better than others but this has been life altering.
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