Tagged: collapsing from the neck
karenwagneParticipantAugust 30, 2020 at 5:44 amPost count: 2
Dear Dr Corenman, my head & neck were stamped on 1978. As a result sometimes when standing from sitting, my legs go weak and I begin to collapse. I bend over, hang on to a bench for 5 seconds until the fuzzy feeling in my brain disappears to date.
I had disc issues c5-6 and c3-4 in 1993. I had c5-c6 ACDF 1993 and lived on with the higher problem. There has been various stages of deterioration. 1998, I found rubbing back & forth, polishing a car, caused C3-4 pain. In 2003 I sat, talked, typed 12 hours daily. My neck felt weak late in the day, I wore a collar to support. In 2009 I fell banging my head. This exacerbated that level making it extremely painful, I could only walk short distance due to pain and what felt like a trapped nerve. I had fasciculations of the bicep. I continued walking and began cycling. By 2017 I was pain free, symptom free and had 3 normal years to date. C3-4 always felt unstable. My neck has self fused apart from that level. My head feels a little loose, over flexible, crunches, grinds at that level. I think its, lost dynamic stability. I can lift it up and pull my chin in, this clicks the vertebrae back into place. For the last 10 years I have always walked 2 – 5 mile daily & cycled weekly. Last 6 months c3-4 gradually displayed sickness feeling. Last week I walked only 300 meters and felt like my body going weak, each step I felt that I could loss consciousness, I sat feeling I wanted to drop to the ground, my legs and arms felt weak. Hospital- blood, heart and blood pressure very fit. We both think it is mechanical in my neck. I walked 2 mile Tuesday, I felt normal, fit healthy, then last 400m I felt each step in my neck and sat before collapsing again. In the house without much walking I feel normal. Do you think my spinal cord is being impinged due to motion or would the nerves at that level cause the collapse, loss conscious feeling. I always thought the vertebrae was slightly too far forward from car accident pre 1990s. Mri in a week, I look forward to your thoughts,
kind regards from England
Karen.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorAugust 30, 2020 at 12:04 pmPost count: 8455
You might have instability at the C3-4 level. An MRI is important to look for spinal cord impingement and injury but you also need a 4 view cervical X-ray with flexion/extension film to look for instability. Other levels could also cause the symptoms you note.
Please publish the findings of the Radiologist report from the MRI (without your identifying information) and any reports of X-ray findings which should include flexion/extension views).
Dr. CorenmankarenwagneParticipantAugust 31, 2020 at 7:28 amPost count: 2
Dr Corenman, special thanks, will update on result.
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