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Cervical Spondylosis And Vertigo
Cervical (Neck) Spondylosis (Definition)
A condition involving changes to the bones, discs, and joints of the neck. These changes are caused by the normal wear-and-tear of aging. With age, the discs of the cervical spine gradually break down, lose fluid, and become stiffer. ...Read more
Vertigo & Neck Pain: Cervical spondylosis isn't commonly associated with vertigo. The vertebrobasilar circulation supplies the balance centers in the brain. Cervical osteophytes can press on the vertebral artery causing its occlusion during head turning. The most common complaint in patients with vertebrobasilar insufficiency is vertigo. You should be evaluated by a neurologist and referred appropriately. ...Read more
Cervical spondylosis creating tension on artery, I get vertigo due to this when I bend my neck slightly down, is it dangerous? could I get a stroke?
If you get vertigo, nausea, vomiting, or faintness by your head being in different positions then, you need a neurologist for a workup and plan to approach patient with either a neurosurgeon or orthopedist as necessary. I believe chances are extremely low for a stroke from what you've described, however, your neurologist can better answer that question.
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I'm 60/F, have low D3, B12, cervical spondylosis, osteoporosis, mild scoliosis, possible hypothyroid (TSH=6.8). What's causing me vertigo sometimes?
Well to start with: You must correct the TSH elevation. Clearly, hypothyroidism may be manifesting in you at least as dizziness or vertigo. Also, what are your B12 levels. You said they were low....but there is also a criterion for actually being B12 DEFICIENT even low it appears by laboratory standards you are simply low. That could be another reason. And a 3rd possibility would be positional vertigo. More info. ...Read more
I might be suffering from cervical spondylosis that caused me to feel heaviness in my head and dizziness. Can that be cure?Or what should be done. TY.
What's the best way 2 treat headaches from cervical spondylosis , & dizziness ? I was thinking maybe physio might help
Dr said I have cervical spondylosis I have lots of pain on my shoulders arms and i get cramps when i move my hands and neck i get dizziness at times?
Very general: Spondylosis is a very general diagnosis and at your age would not be that significant. If your pain is traveling down one or both arms and there is weakness, the next step is a MRI scan. Most neck pain will resolve in time and with conservative care. If you have had the problem for more than a few months and it is not improving then you need to see a specialist for a more specific diagnosis. ...Read more
Degenerative bone: Degenerative changes in the vertebrae in the neck cause irregular bony processes, degenerative changes in the disc and ligaments combine to narrow the spinal canal and damage the spinal cord. The symptoms are in part due to osteoarthritis of the cervical spine, but more seriously due to damage to the spinal cord and its nerves. ...Read more
Very Common: Spondylosis is basically a fancy term for wear and tear of the spine. We will all develop wear and tear over time and generally don't know it. Spondylosis is seen on xrays or MRI as degeneration of the discs or joints of the spine. It is often not painful but certainly can be. It is more common to see spondylosis as we age. ...Read more
Many type of spondyl: There r many types of spondylosis, or misalignment of the vertebra, & many causes so it is hard to say w/o a full eval. Lordosis (backwards), kyphosis (forwards), & scoliosis (sidewards) often cause pain related to muscle spasms (not nerve damage). See your doctor for referral to a local spine specialist and physiatrist (rehab doc) for muscle strengthening. Consider HealthTap Prime 4 evaluation.TY ...Read more
It does not cure: it, it is however one of the conservative management treatments that help get one asymptomatic when cervical spondylosis becomes symptomatic. By stabilizing the muscles of the neck minimzes stresses across your neck joints, and help stabilize the joints. Stress across spondylotic joints can induce inflammation and then pain. Remember everyone will spondylosis, it is like having skin wrinkles. ...Read more
Non-operative : Non-operative treatments are usually the first line. These include physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, massage, exercise, traction. When these fail surgery is the next step and can often be very successful at treating radiculopathy or myelopathy. ...Read more
Assuming pain with : It. From just sleeping the right way (small flat pillow) ; avoid prolonged positioning or awkward one or overuse of the muscles with some activity to name a few. Treatment can be otc medication, heat applications ; stretching while in a hot shower to avoiding activities that may aggravate your symptoms . If a smoker stop ; if a couch potato, consider regular exercise. Massage may help as well. ...Read more
Cervical spondylosis: Any sudden jerk of your head will flare up of the disc disease of your neck. Be careful! ...Read more
YES: Cervical spondylosis is associated with a particular form of headaches. This is called occipital neuralgia. The head ache is in the posterior aspect of the head. It usually respond to a change in pillows, otc medication such as tyelenol, advil or aleve (naproxen). Exercises are good at relieving associated tightness of the cervical muscles. Occasionally local injections are needed to alleviate these headache. ...Read more
Neck degeneration: Cervical spondylosis is an arthritic-like wear and tear degeneration of the vertebrae, and typically results in neck pain, stiffness, and decreased flexibility. When the process results in bony changes, the spinal canal can narrow at various levels, and if the spinal cord is compressed, that can cause numbness, weakness, and bladder problems (result of "myelopathy"). ...Read more
Can someone tell me what cervical spondylosis without myelopathy means? And what are annular tears?
Yes: Yes. The outer part of the intervertebral disc is known as the annulus fibrosis, and when it tears it is known as an annular tear. Cervical Spondylosis is another way to describe degenerative arthritis in the cervical (neck) part of the spine. Don't hesitate to discuss these findings with your doctor. ...Read more
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