lizdanMemberOctober 16, 2011 at 8:51 amPost count: 2
For about 20 years I have suffered from a condition that no doctor can diagnose. Many years ago I started to feel of balance, this occurred when I would bend down or move my neck by twisting around while backing up a car. I have seen doctors that have taken MRI’S found nothing. It got to the point where in the morning when I woke up I could not walk straight as my balance was totally of ( NOT dizzy though ). When in this condition I felt a pressure in the middle part of the neck, when I placed my finger against the middle part of the neck and pushed I felt the pressure relief right away. I finally was told to see a chiropractor, he had a meter device that he would run down the back of my neck, he would tell me that the meter was showing pressure and the needle would rise on the meter. He would then place me on his bench, place pressure behind ( middle of neck ) then drop that part of the bench while applying pressure to realign the bones in the neck. I would feel really off balanced for a short time after but after a night’s rest I would feel ok. I actually was told by one doctor after MRI scan came back that the only thing irregular was that there is a pendulum that stretches down in my neck lower than other people. He described it as there is this circular opening that the pendulum sits above on most people but mine sits below, so sometimes the pendulum can hit the circular and cause spasms or unbalance. My sister actually suffers from the same symptoms as I do and her MRI scan ( pendulum ) are exact. I took a neck brace and turned it around, put over the neck brace a cover, under the cover I placed a rolled up washcloth in the front and one in the back. I then placed the neck brace around my neck fastening it from the front. The rolled up washcloths force pressure against the middle part of my neck causing relief. I also can not toss and turn in my sleep as it makes me lie on my back. This way by not tossing and turning all night I do not wake up off balanced. I can only assume that the pendulum can not move back and forth and this allows no spasms or unbalance. If I jump up and down shooting a basketball I get an unbalanced attack. I can not cut the grass on the whole 1 1/2 acre lot we own, I can only cut a third. Riding the lawn mower, backing up and forth and moving my neck I get totally of balanced. I am sorry for the long drawn out explanation. Have you ever heard of this condition. Have you ever heard about the pendulum. I have considered having an operation and shaving the pendulum shorter. When I get an attack from this condition I have to get my neck brace and lay down in bed for the rest of the day. Then in the morning I usually feel ok. Not always though. Thank you for your time. Looking forward to your reply.
P.S. I also sometimes when feeling unbalanced feel nauseated, and usually get heat flashesDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorOctober 17, 2011 at 2:06 amPost count: 8614
Your symptoms could be from many different sources. Dizziness with nausea can originate from the brain stem or the vascular supply to the brain stem. There is a condition called basilar invagination (do an internet search as it is not on my website yet). This condition can cause some of your symptoms.
I have not heard of the “pendulum” in the neck but I can imagine that it is a different description of an abnormality of the natural curve of the neck (the lordosis- this is on the website). Do not allow further chiropractic manipulation of your neck as this could be deleterious.
See a spine surgeon who has knowledge of base of the neck anomalies to get a much more thorough work-up.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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