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Dizziness, heavy neck feeling with pain and burning in the neck

JenPuts1984JJenPuts1984 Posts: 2
edited 06/16/2015 - 2:22 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am really at a loss for what is going on with me. I had a successful hysterectomy due to tons of fibroids, a baseball sized tumor and adenomyosis almost two months ago and felt great afterward until I started to have what I thought was vertigo. ENT ruled it as something neurological and told me to see my gp. However as the days have gone on I have developed worsening of symptoms and new ones on top of that. My head and neck feel heavy and the dizziness is worse. I get shooting pains down my cervical spine and my deltoid muscles and neck are extremely tight. When I massage these areas I have temporary relief but not for long. My gp has referred me to a spine specialist so I am just waiting. I have been tested for MS a few times in the past due to optic neuritis but the blood work, MRI's and lumbar puncture were all normal. In fact all blood work for autoimmune diseases have come back normal. So I am wondering if my ailments might possibly be a slipped disc, stenosis or some kind of spinal issue. I also have a strange fullness in the head when I lay on my stomach and have had a cracking in the upper part of my thoracic spine that feels better right after a pop but then feels like it is burning. Has anyone here had these type of symptoms? Feeling a little worried .

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

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  • JenPuts1984JJenPuts1984 Posts: 2
    edited 06/16/2015 - 4:02 PM
    Thanks for the reply, I have had several MRI's on the brain which have yielded nothing. I have had non specific symptoms over the years starting almost 10 years ago, but the pain, in the back and neck, spine, numbness and dizziness are all very new symptoms starting just a couple weeks ago. I have not sustained any head trauma that I can recall. I have only seen a neurologist in the past for optic neuritis. I am not on any medications, just Ibuprofen, prn. I can only assume that there might be nerve damage, I am waiting to be seen by a spine/ pain management specialist who I was newly referred to today. I know that no one here is a trained professional, I am only here hoping to find others who have possibly been through what I am going through.

    I did forget to mention that I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 15 but the doctor said that it wouldn't be anything to worry about unless I grew, which I haven't. I do have a noticeable hip that pops out more than the other but have never talked to a doctor about it. Anyways, thanks for allowing me to be apart of the community. I hope to connect with others who have gone through what I am or similar experiences.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 06/18/2015 - 3:10 AM
    When do you see your spine/ pain management specialist?

    When I started with pain management, things moved quickly re lessening of pain and testing to discover source of pain. My issues!
    Moving quickly is not to say all was resolved quickly, nor that I was pain free.

    But he immediately took me seriously and had a plan!
    It took for me, a while to find right medications, treatments etc... And it took time with testing to discover all of what's going on, but there was activity and doctor had interest in lessening my pain.

    It's a very good thing you're seeing specialist.
    Please keep us posted with how you're doing!
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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