where to start. in the fall of 2008 my symptoms started with ear pressure in my right ear. in the winter of 2011 i experienced my first episode of vertigo and this would continue on average every six months with nausea and vomiting. they would last 6 to 8 hours each and every time. one of the episodes was so bad it required a trip to the er via ambulance. that was in january of 2015. by june the same year i started seeing an upper cervical chiropractor. only because i had read other such sufferers had experienced some relief. stopping there at my er visit in january i could not do the mri as the lower part of my neck was sore i think because of the lay i was laying on the hospital gurney and i am a bit claustrophobic and was still in spin mode. i later found an upright mri and was told because of the type of mri that had been ordered an upright could not be done on my head. also that my insurance had denied the upright on my neck siting insufficient data of a problem. another thing to add is that i am a grinder but mostly clincher of teeth. i rarely have any jaw pain if so its short lived as in minutes. this clenching over many years is apparently is the cause of my stiff neck. the upper cervical chiropractor found that my c1 was misaligned. the theory is my stiff neck caused this. after many adjustments of the last 8 months i had another episode of vertigo yesterday that again lasted for 8 hours. if i have had any kind of pain or discomfort it has always been in my lower neck. before this last attack muscle wise this where i feel the vertigo originated from. apparently my chiropractor only works on the c1 and c2 and or does not see a problem on the lower vertebrae. i am about to make an appointment with a spine physiatrist but also add to an neuromuscular dentist for a tmj evaluation even if i have to pain, no, clicking or any other obvious symptoms. i know my neck muscles are tight but even massage has been of little help. any thoughts? can anyone relate?****************************************************************************************************** welcome to spine-health
one of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
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, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
here are some questions that you should answer:
- - when did this first start? . year, your age, etc
- was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)
- . which doctor did you start with? ie primary care physician . who are you currently seeing?
- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?
- . physical therapy . ultrasound / tens unit . spinal injections . acupuncture . massage therapy
- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)
- . summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them . how many different tests have you had over the years? similar results?
- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- . name of medication . how long have you been using this? . results
- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)
- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have arei’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?
diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.specific comments :personal opinion, not medical advice :
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