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Pinched Artery In Neck
Can a pinched vertebral artery in your neck cause a pulsating sensation in or around your head of the other arteries?
Vertebral artery: No. A pinched (stenotic) vertebral artery may not have any symptoms if the opposite vertebral artery is large enough to carry the additional flow. When there is blockage of one vertebral artery and poor collateral flow from other arteries then the pinched vertebral artery can cause imbalance, spinning of the room (vertigo), and light headedness or fainting. ...Read more
Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more
Dr thinks artery in neck is being pinched+interfering w/blood flow to brain+causing my constant wooziness/drunk feeling. Is this serious?
Depends: Depends on whether that is truly the case. How was that detected? Was it an ultrasound or CTA, etc? Either way, it's not a very common scenario for a pinched artery in the neck to cause "wooziness". How serious it is, depends on the extent/degree of narrowing and whether there is "collateral" flow ...Read more
Please clarify: Please repost your question with an explanation of which arteries and nerves you are referring to specifically and also how and why you think that yours are compressed and need decompressing. ...Read more
Need more info: The anatomy of what you describing is important to consider before treatments can be considered - is this a cervical spine problem, for example the vertebral artery is a problem - or is it more a thoracic outlet (where nerves leave the neck and arteries leave the chest. In general conservative therapies like pt and sometimes gentle chiropractic treatments are used for the latter; pt for former. ...Read more
Screening ultrasound: Ask your family doctor to examine you and listen to your neck . The best screening test is by doing a duplex ultrasound. ...Read more
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