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incredibly dizzy, post cervical fusion + lumbar

wwlady41wwwlady41 Posts: 132
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hi all, I had a cervical fusion about 6 mos ago and a lumbar TLIF in May. This has now happened twice, after trying to roll over in bed and trying not to twist I became incredibly dizzy. I felt like the bed was spinning. I tried to make sure my neck was straight, breathe slowly and it did clear. It really made me feel panicked. I have had pain and burning still in my neck and right arm. I am assuming I am still just recovering and hoping all will pass.
has anyone else had this?


  • You are probably still dealing with tight muscles/spasms during your recovery. Have you started PT? The muscles go through atrophy and require time to gain strength. This can take a few months before muscle spasms subside.

    I had the dizzy spells/ vertigo prior to surgery. During my recovery, I would have moments similar to before surgery. My surgery is only one month after yours and I'm still dealing with this. I also still have burning and pain in my upper traps and neck. I'm even experiencing new pain in my arm, but they come and go. Have you seen a physical therapist or physiatrist?

    Try not to turn your head suddenly and I roll over very slowly knowing that I might start getting dizzy. Take it easy and consult with a specialist if you feel something is not right. Good luck! :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I am really just starting to work with the pt for the neck now. I had just gotten out of the hard collar after wearing it for 14 weeks. I was weaning it off and then went directly into the TLIF for the lumbar fusion on 5/17. So, long story short I am basically rehabing from both. I still have home pt coming out.
    It was really good of you to reply. I feel better hearing from someone else! thanks a bunch
    how are you doing in your recovery?
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  • I recommend that you speak with your doctor. There are several different types of vertigo and dizziness that a person can suffer from. Since you've had surgery it could somehow be related, or not at all. Only your doc can help you know for certain. I have dealt with vertigo from a couple different source. One was a side effect of cervical surgery and the other was from tiny crystals in my inner ear called BPPV. Just to give you an idea about BPPV, here's an extract from an article by Timothy C. Hain MD.
    The symptoms of BPPV include dizziness or vertigo, lightheadedness, imbalance, and nausea. Activities which bring on symptoms will vary among persons, but symptoms are almost always precipitated by a change of position of the head with respect to gravity. Getting out of bed or rolling over in bed are common "problem" motions .
    The cool thing is that vertigo and dizziness can be easily treated, once a proper diagnosis as to the cause is discovered.

    Let us know what you find out.

  • My NS did not give me a collar after my fusion. I had a single level. How many levels and which level(s) did you have done? I'm surprised you wore the collar for so long. That's probably why your neck muscles are weak and spasming. My physical therapist said that it will take around 4 months after starting PT for the muscles to regain full function.

    haglandc is right about differential diagnosis for dizziness. I went to see an ENT to rule out an inner ear problem. I wish you much luck in your recovery! :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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