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edited 06/18/2015 - 12:51 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i have been dealing with dizziness and "fog" feeling for about two years, i have noticed at times when standing and speaking that i feel lightheaded and a little nauseated. i had all the standard testing done the doctor started with a full work up of my heart and everything came back excellent , i have had two ct's of the brain and both are normal with no concerns. the doctors refereed me to an ent he did several ct's and noticed major sinus problems and i had sinus surgery. this seem to calm a lot of my symptoms down. i had another flare up and this time the chiropractor completed an mri of my neck he found that i have two herniated disc with the disc touching the spinal cord. i have seen a few specialist and they don't feel neck surgery would be best. they have suggested either injections or a nerve block. i haven't really spoken to anyone in regards to my concerns. i think the biggest problem i have is my symptoms , i over think the symptoms and most of the doctors have stated that my symptoms are real. i have neck pain (tightness , my right arm does get weak etc.. ) the biggest concern is the "fog" almost dizzy feeling that i guy. it all on my right side and at sometimes causes ringing in my ear. i apologize for the lengthy note but was just curious of two things. has anyone else has the similar symptoms? has anyone had the nerve block or injection and if so was it successful?
thank you

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i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

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  • Wanted to clarify a few items:
    This all started about two years ago , I haven't had any accidents or trauma however I did have an accident over 25 years ago and raced stock cars for many years, I have been to MD , Neurosurgeon , Chiropractor , ENT during all these visits the following test have been completed MRI ( Head and Brain ) , CT ( Neck ) , XRay's , Full Labs , Stress test , I take no medications and surgery was discussed but not recommended at this time. I have pain in my arm , numbness occasionally in my fingers and weakness of arm. I also associate small headaches , "foggy" feeling , ringing in the ear , have a dizziness that I feel is associated with the above. My doctors have suggested two different options the one is an Injection and the other is Nerve block. The struggle has been dealing with all the symptoms and not sure if they are associated with the damage in my neck, I have been told by the doctors that the disc is touching the spinal cord and can cause the symptoms mentioned. I however have probably self induced Anxiety thinking its something more.. I have started exercising and that actually helps a lot. I appreciate any feedback just curious about the symptoms and treatments being suggested. I currently go to the chiropractor every 30 days for some stretches and light massage.

  • I had a follow up with the neurosurgeon today. He feels that all my symptoms are related to my neck and stated I have a spinal decompression at the C-3. He also stated that the disc is ruptured at this time he feels that a Cervical Transforaminal Nerve Root block would be the best route. He stated the procedure should clear up all symptoms in about two to three weeks after the procedure. I am nervous about the procedure as I stated in my last post , I am taking no medication and just deal with the "vertigo" , "headaches" and numbness. If any one has had the same problems and had this procedure would you mind sharing you experience?

    Thank you
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  • I went today to get a second opinion. I meet with the PA first and he did some testing, he noticed my right fingers and arm don't respond as they should to the simple testing , my left side is perfect. I explained all of the symptoms and he said he was a little puzzled due to most of my damage at C-3 is on the left side along with C-5 and C-6. He said would assume most of my symptoms would be on the left side as well. The Doctor came in had a seat , he said you need three injections and should take care of you. I asked him about my symptoms and relation to my disc and nerve damage. He read the report from the MRI didn't look at the disc. He said well not sure should be on the left side and you need three injections. I explained to him would like to discuss with my spouse and see what next steps would look like. I again pressed for a little closure on my concerns and he stated three injections.. I was driving home and with in ten minutes they called and wanted to schedule my injection. It was unfortunately for me a bad experience , I am concerned with all the symptoms and not sure I want to do any injections.. I have no plans to go back to this Doctor , I am still very comfortable with my first Doctor but just wanted to see what a second opinion would look like. If any one on here has had the similar symptoms or procedure would appreciate any feedback. I worry about the symptoms and feeling bad more than I should.
  • I had the second shot this week . The first shot helped a little with the pains down by left side from my butt to my foot. The second one did much better and the pain is 80% better. I will do the last one to see if it hits the rest.
    It doesn't do anything for the numbness though.
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