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Nausea from prone working conditions (Auto repair/Plumbing)

BuckWindsorBBuckWindsor Posts: 1
edited 01/24/2016 - 7:27 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Mid 50's Male Caucasian
No history of back issues - little high cholesterol - am taking a Flomax type drug due to typical issues as men age.
Office Worker - so sedendary
6'2" 195 lbs - I'd say 10 pounds over weight

Symptoms have been going on for about five years now - started with dizziness and nauseous feeling one morning, went to Chiropractor for a neck adjustment (first time BTW) and promptly vomitted in his office. He suggested a visit to my MD, which I did, gave me some anti-nausea pills (which made it worse) and had an MRI of my head completed (no-issues) and a Scan (Ultrasound) of my throat (arteries) to identify any blockage, which also came up negative. (BTW, the only person to check up on me was the Chiropractor who called that evening to ensure I was ....well, OK - nice, eh)

Ever since this first activity, I experience extreme nausea when I work on autos or plumbing - almost to the moment I begin the work, I have no issues sleeping (although I ache (shoulders, back) quickly when simply lying on my back, so I am side sleeper and must change positions (sides) on the hour due to hip discomfort.

Over the past several years I have always had upper back and neck pain (first thing in the morning and throughout the day) - burning between the shoulder blades that will extend to the shoulders. My neck feels like if I could just "pop" it all would be great, but neck exercises do not really seem to make the appropriate POP to alleviate the sensation of a need to crack the neck.

Yesterday, I installed some running boards on my truck and thought I was going to vomit throughout the task - it is the next morning and I still feel a bit out of sorts, bit dizzy in the front of my head. I've seen other forums where men (guess cause they work on cars) have this same issue, and it's frustrating as it feels like I'm allergic to work.....but through research on the web, my wife indicated I may have a Spinal Stenosis issue in my neck and upper back - I have always been very healthy - have gotten used to the neck and upper back pain (although I do complain about it from time to time - and eat through aspirin when it is bad enough).

Any ideas - I am new to this forum - and I hope to have given enough information.
Thanks in advance!


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