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  • Dizzyduck
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    Background: 37F, prior to incident I did yoga daily and running every other day, no alcohol or smoking.
    My problems began when I fell from the top of a ladder last summer(roughly 6ft), landed on all fours, my hands hitting concrete and my skins landing on the metal ladder. My shins were in bad shape so I wasn’t very mobile. After a few weeks I started doing yoga again and noticed my left arm was sore and didn’t have much range of motion. Due to covid I didn’t see a doctor because I didn’t want to waste anyones time…stupid, I know. I also had a sore neck but I had one year old twins to take care of and didn’t pay too much attention to it.
    Then in august I was out with the double pram and crossed the road, the wheel went down a hole and the pram almost fell forward, I jerked to a stop and again, bashed my shins off the bar of the pram and whipped my neck forward.
    The following month I turned my head to speak to my daughter and got vertigo for the first time. The dizziness never left. I saw the gp who told me over the phone that it was an ear infection. I was prescribed various medications over the weeks and nothing worked. I asked to be seen and explained my neck pain and asked if there was a connection between my neck movement and vertigo, was told no. Sent for blood tests for vitamin deficiency, all returned normal.
    After 6 weeks of constant dizziness and feeling like I was on a boat I saw a chiropractor, my gp said this was ok. I started to feel a bit better and then one day after a violent neck manipulation, I felt worse than ever. I called and spoke to another gp who said I shouldn’t have gone.
    So after 4 months of the constant symptoms and being told it is all down to anxiety, I finally managed to get a referral to ENT vestibular, who diagnosed by with BPPV and discharged me. 3 months of doing exercises had no effect. I was referred to physio and orthopaedics. Physio has done nothing for the pain. I have gained very minimal range of motion in my neck but nothing for pain.
    I finally saw an orthopaedic physio a few weeks ago who said this could be a result of whiplash but refused to scan me. She said this would probably get better in 6 months.
    I’m at a loss.
    My symptoms include: neck pain, daily headaches and nausea, constant dizziness/vertigo/loss of balance, ear fullness on occasion, intermittent blurred vision in right eye, right arm weakness, lower back pain, pain when lifting left arm and for the past few days I have had weakness in both legs.
    The last time I spoke to the gp about my headaches, I was given migraine medication which did nothing and was told to call back and get referral to neurology. I know there is a wait of over a year and I need to know if this is the right path. Should I wait or should I see another specialist? I have had zero scans and My physio hasn’t laid a hand on me, so I have no idea what’s going on other than doctors guessing what it could be and giving me endless amounts of useless medication.
    Thank you for your time, I know this is a incredibly lengthy. I am just keen to get my life back. Thanks again.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    There are some neck conditions that can cause your symptoms but they are rare and a workup commonly is negative for diagnosing these. The workup is an MRI of the neck with vascular study at the same time and if negative, then a arterial CT study with rotational views. These are quite expensive and unfortunately, commonly non-revealing. You can take anti-vertigo medications and give it time which is the most common treatment. Avoid manipulation of your neck, deep massage and roller-coasters.

    Dr. Corenman

    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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