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Dizziness caused by C5 herniated disc?

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

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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