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Dizziness caused by C5 herniated disc?

Started by Gab on 08/10/2014 11:20am

Has anyone experienced dizziness caused by C5 herniated disc? I discovered 3 weeks ago that I have a bulging herniated C5 disc with involvement from C4 and C6. The herniated disc is compressing my spinal cord resulting in shoulder pain and upper arm numbness with decreased mobility. My doctor is sure that surgery is the only cure for me, I had an epidural injection 3 days ago and it has helped relieve the neck pain but not the arm weakness. I have been suffering from dizziness prior to this diagnosis, went to an ENT and had all the tests for equilibrium problems with no positive results for disease (good) but also no idea as to cause of dizziness. It seems worse the past week. Just curious to find out if anyone else has/had this problem.

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I should have provided more info, sorry I am new to posting! I am a 55-yr-old woman, I was running 20+ miles/week and averaged 3 1/2 marathons/year. Now told I cannot ever run again...also, my arm weakness started 2 days after intense neck pain began, so it is recent. thanks!

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Gab: Sorry to read of your disc problems. I have C5/6 and C6/7 fused (one w/hardware and bone graft, one w/bone graft only). I have never experienced dizziness from my injuries. Headaches, severe spasms, numbness etc. If your taking any narcotics for pain that could be the cause of your dizziness.
Hope you feel better soon.

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hi Gab, my name is Angela, I also had 2 herniated disk of the C5, C6 & C6, C7, I also had a lot of dizziness, I also had vertigo, nausea and vomiting... after the fusion surgery I was dizzy for 3 days but then it went away until I reherniated the same ones again....I have dizziness, nausea and vomiting again...I hope this helps to know that someone else experienced the same thing...good luck to you

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I had a HUGE herniated disc C5/C6 compressing my spinal cord. MASSIVE DIZZYNESS.
Debilitating. It took me a while to figure out and neurosurgeons said it was atypical. Couldnt understand it. I had discectomy/spinal fusion in Jan 15 - How are you doing? Do you have an update?

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Hi yes I have. I have been diagnosed with herniated disc C5-6 , C6-7 with DDD. I have horrible vertigo. I've been diagnosed for 5 years now. But the vertigo just started a few months ago. I'm having more pain in my neck. Assuming that's what is causing it but don't know. I actually see my spine Doctor Monday and will find out what they say. I know you have to miserable as I am. I'm afraid of the surgery. So I'm waiting it out.

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I had a C4/5 disectomy 5 years ago. I suffered from neck and shoulder pain that radiated down both arms and across my chest. I did get relief from the surgery but it took several years for the nerves to settle down and heal. I too had dizziness and if I'm under a lot of stress and my shoulders get tight I will get dizzy. The best thing to do is try to relax your shoulder and neck muscles as much as you can. Now I'm dealing with three discs in my lumbar area. Good luck...don't wait too long as it can cause nerve damage from the compression.

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Sorry so late in replying! I'm also sorry you've had such a tough time finding adequate information! The Spinal Cord Compression is the issue primarily contributing to "dizziness". We don't really function all that well with portions of the spinal cord being PINCHED! The following are part of a list of common symptoms, "..nausea, vomiting, dizziness, vertigo, sensitivity to sound, light, and smells, widespread pain, weakness, clumsiness..." (Chiari Center website). Hope you are doing better. ~Mya

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I had to join just to share my current experience in hope it helps someone! I am a 46 yr old runner, Mom, wife, and nurse who has never been sick a day in her life. In July 2018 my family had a summer colds and I was dizzy with a sinus infection for which they said I had some congestion causing some positional vertigo. Gave me some antibiotics and steroids but the dizziness persisted. Then they ENt decided to do a CT of sinuses and MRI of brain Sept/Oct as now experienced head pressure and ear fullness like head going to pop off. Non of these symptoms matches their ENt exams so they were beginning to wonder anxiety and start to label me as needing therapy!! I told them it is not “in my head”. The vertigo is only with head movement which I found to be odd and thought maybe vascular but no one seemed to care about vascular studies or even blood work! Then ENT refeeeed me to Neurologist who was pushing vestibular migraine but I kept saying “ I don’t have any migraine or sensitivity to light” and I thought you needed to at least a few other criteria to “meet” this dx. He said well I am not sure but let start the meds and also do home vestibular exercises! Ok so we trusted I guess but when to medical university to balance center and that MD confirmed vestibular migraine so we continued from nov-mid January 4 days a week 70$ per session PT! Guess what... every day I said... ugh I hate the vertical head movement up and down I feel so bad doing it!
On feb 1, out of no where, in addition to the vertigo vestibular symptoms i started having incredible back n neck pain c6. Coincidentally On feb 4 th was our new patient appt with headache neurologist to confirm this dx of vestibular migraine. I thought crap, terrible timing now he is going to be all confused by my back symptoms but luckily he was the first Dr that said this has been going on long enough, we need to start ruling out causes. He ordered labs and MRI cervical spine. MRI showed c5-6 bulging disc touching left side spine. The PA was arguing with me that the consult referral was not stat as not “ compress... I said are you kidding me... I have been sick since July with disability vestibular symptoms n my head about to explode and sounds etc and difficult breath due to pain... needless to say they are seeing me in 48 hrs!! I can only assume based on what I read that I must be the cause of my dizziness despite the mri not indicating compression?? What treatment how long out of work as been out since nov.

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Hi pkalemba,

My story is exactly like yours and I was wondering if you got any answers.

Meenu

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