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MarydollMMarydoll Posts: 1
edited 08/31/2015 - 2:23 AM in New Member Introductions

My doctor says I have vertigo because I had two severe episodes of dizziness and was laid up in bed for a couple of weeks on both occasions. I also had been seeing him for a sore neck before that which started on one side and then moved to the other side too. His diagnosis of the sore neck was a trapped nerve so I went to the chiropractor and spent a fortune but it is no better. The dizziness started after that and the doctor doesn't seem to think they are connected. I also have a fuzzy head (to the front of my forehead) and my left eye is blurry quite frequently.

My short term memory is awful at the moment and I am concerned that I might have a stroke or am getting Alzheimer's - my mum died of a severe stroke and my dad had alazheimers. I have no confidence in GPs any more and wonder if anyone has the same symptoms and been told something different.

The doctor also put the stiff neck down to my stressful job - sitting at a computer all day, but even when I'm not at work and have long holidays, there is no let up.


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  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 496
    Sorry to hear of all your pain, and worries, but I would think your Dr. would follow through for you and have some testing done to figure out the cause. I would request some screening tests to start with.

    When I first started working as a custodian, 17 yrs ago, I started having chronic neck pain, and ended up having a myelogram, which showed bone spurs, and are fortunately not affecting, or facing my spinal column. It took quite awhile for it all to subside, and I had to learn to do things different...like not holding my head down so far when I swept, and become more aware of how tension builds up in my neck area. I still have to be careful of certain movements. Doing aerobic neck exercises are not good for me, causes my neck to sound/feel like gravel, ending up having neck pain discomfort for a day or so after. Even lying in bed I have to be mindful to not tilt my head down too far. When I do I always experience a snapping in my neck, not painful, but kind of unnerving. I used to go to chiropractor also, sometimes helped.

    I've had bouts of vertigo since 2004, from hitting my head on a basketball hoop frame I walked into while cleaning bleachers (knocked some calcium deposits off from inside ear, causing imbalance; vertigo). Hurt like heck, and a week later the vertigo started, and lasted for months. I still experience it mildly, when I lay down and my head turns to left, but then fades away. Usually after awhile your body adjusts to it, but when first happened I had to take motion sickness meds, which helped a little.

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