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vertigo from back issues

dgardineerddgardineer Posts: 158
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
I was wondering if anybody has had this problem. since about a week or so after my last surgery I started getting dizzy it was bad at first but has gotten a little better I always forget to ask the doc about it because to be honest is the least of my problems.I would apprieate any feedback aor maybe a suggestion of a reason for it .thanks


  • HELLO,
    What kind of surgery did you have? vertigo has many causes, usually the middle ear canal. any inflammaion or fluid in that area can cause vertigo. moving your head to fast..lol doudt that since you had surgery recently, i get vertigo believe it or not from panic attacks or anxiety.when i use to work long hours i will never forget it i had to go to the emergency room. i stood up got reaL dizzy and it felt like the floor dropped from under me. like i was on an elevator or just got off a spinning ride. the er doc said to rest drink lots of fluid and sent me home saying vertigo due physcial exertion. maybe your doing to much. when was your surgery?
    this is just my own personal experiences i am not in the medical field.
    feel better, dawn
  • Hello there gardineer,
    If you ever find out what is causing the vertigo please let me know! I too have vertigo and have had it since my car accident in 2007. My neurologist said that he thought that it was "vestibulopathy from blunt force trauma." This could be as I had pretty bad whiplash. But it comes and goes. When I reinjured my neck at work this year, the vertigo returned for unknown reasons. Recently, when I had an SSEP, stimulating my left tibial nerve brought on the vertigo! I have no idea why, but I am going to ask my doc this Friday. There are others I have spoken to who have vertigo from either neck or back injuries and I have to disagree with dawn1068. While I acknowledge that vertigo/dizziness can be brought on by severe stress and anxiety, I know that it is not so in my case. I am not a doc either so I cannot diagnose it, but one thing I know, its weird! I hope you are feeling better soon. HOw did your surgery go otherwise? Hope all is well.
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  • Was your surgery lumbar or cervical?
  • I had my 2nd microdiscectomy july of 08 and the dizzyness started after that I tried taking atibiotics for a couple weeks because I thought of the inner ear infection I got to the doc today I'll let ya know what I find out.
  • Like everyone has said, vertigo can be caused by so many things, spine issues can be one, but one of many.

    When you get "dizzy", is it a feeling or does your world start to spin in either a sideways or front falling direction. Is there anything that makes it worse or brings it on?

    I have suffered with two forms of vertigo, one related to surgery and one coincidental in timing that occurred about 6 months post op.

    From posterior c-spine surgery at C1 and C2, I had a minor stroke which damaged the vestibulocochlear nerve on my right side. I had vertigo so bad I couldn't walk without assistance nor drive for several months until after lots of vestibular rehab. I also had partial hearing loss on that side. Fortunately the combination of rehab and the nerve healing has taken care of most of the vertigo and brought back much of my hearing.

    6 months post op I developed a different vertigo called BPPV, which fortunately can be treated by simply going through some maneuvers with the assistance of a doc or train yourself to do them.

    Hope you are doing better,

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  • Was your surgery lumbar or cervical?
  • when I get dizzy it's like everything spins it usually happens if I tilt my head back and gets worse if I close my eyes then open them.
  • If you haven't already, make sure you write down all the little details so you can pass that on to your doc. Things like if certain positions cause it or change in positions (laying down to seated), lighting, fatigue, head position as you already mentioned. Early in the day or late in the day. If certain medications seem to make it worse or better. Any little thing that you can think of, write it down.
  • will do thanks for the input/help i'll keep you all posted
  • just got back from the doctors need to get an MRI on my neck to rule out any problems that would cause the dizziness
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