ranjitiyerMemberOctober 9, 2011 at 4:26 amPost count: 2
Thanks for your excellent educational videos on youtube. Please allow me to ask you a question.
I have been experiencing tingling in the face and head, painful small bumps on the head, eye pressure and dizziness and clumsiness, for many months now. Most of these symptoms are triggered upon neck movements and most certainly upon sitting – in my office chair, car chair, floor.
My neurologist ordered an MRI of the neck and cervical. The reports are out and I seek your help in interpreting it.
I don’t see any disc herniation but I do see the spinal processes (at the level of my chin) pushing against the spinal cord and I also see the word ‘compression’ on the films. Could this be an explanation for the symptoms I am experiencing?
ThanksDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorOctober 9, 2011 at 10:38 pmPost count: 8652
Symptoms in the face and head can be related to the upper cervical spine. If you have a condition called basilar invagination, the junction between the base of the skull and the spine can cause a kinking of the spinal cord which can cause similar symptoms. The greater and lesser occipital nerves exit from C2-3 and C3-4 respectively and cover the back of the head and ears. Irritation to those nerves can cause back of the skull headaches.
Send your films by flickr and I will look at them.
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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