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    Cervical spondylosis

    Anyone else dealing with this and if so, could you list your symptoms? I was recently diagnosed and I've been having some issues with headache, similar to migraine that just recently started to say nothing of ongoing pain in the left shoulder and trapezius etc.

    Lemme know how things have progressed/are progressing for you.

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    Re: Cervical spondylosis

    Sounds like a right pain in the neck

    (At first I was wondering why you had a cervix until I checked online...)


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    Re: Cervical spondylosis

    It's no fun. Lately I've been dropping 600mg of ibu every few hours. As soon as it wears off, the headache is back. No fun. And the low grade off and on again dizziness tain't fun neither.

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    Re: Cervical spondylosis

    Well, the odd thing is that cervical spondylosis causes neck pain and symptoms below the area that is most affected- for example, pain in the hands or weakness in lifting the arms. It's not normally something that would cause chronic headache.

    Since you're having dizziness with it, you should talk with your doctor since the headaches may be related to something other than the cervical spondylosis.
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    Re: Cervical spondylosis

    Oh we've spoken... he's the one who made the diagnosis after some x-rays. However, as I've read up on it more, there's a bevy of symptoms up to and including headache and dizziness on the affected side. Fortunately, I've not experienced any tingling or numbness in the extremities as yet but my concern is that may eventually occur. As a pianist, I find that somewhat disquieting.

    That said, I am having issues, as mentioned, with the left shoulder and trapezius. It was my initial complaint about that in the first place that prompted the x-ray and discovery of the condition.

    Further, if the upper vertebrae are acting up, I'm also concerned that vertebral discs further down may be deteriorating as well.

    I'll be back to see the doculous fellow relatively soon and I plan on asking that we take a more detailed look at what's going on.
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    Re: Cervical spondylosis

    The challenge with things like spondylosis is that it's a normal feature of aging. We see radiology reports all the time on people over age 40 that say, "Degenerative changes" but are considered within the "normal" range. There are some people who have it worse than others- sometimes it's hereditary but the challenge is always trying to determine the tipping point between what is normal aging and what is a problem that requires treatment.

    There are some tests that a neurologist or physical medicine specialist can do to determine if the spondylosis is affecting the nerves that originate from the spine and the muscles that are controlled by those nerves. That is what will determine whether the symptoms that you are having are a result of the spondylosis.

    There are some effects of aging that can be slowed or improved. The cartilage pads between the spine tend to dry and harden with age, so frequent weight-bearing exercise and physical activity like yoga will help slow the process. Chiropractic care, accupuncture and physical therapy can also help.

    Hopefully your doctor will give you more information and will determine whether to refer you to a specialist.
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    Re: Cervical spondylosis

    Yes, normal; my doc wasn't too surprised at the x-ray results... certainly not as surprised as I was. Naturally, I felt that I was just a couple of years too young for this sort of thing but, there it is.

    Your second paragraph is the direction I wish to be headed in and will discuss that when I see him next Tuesday. If we can rule out some things that'll be good.

    I should mention that I've also been having some issues with tinnitus in my left ear, so there's SOMEthing on that side going on. Perhaps the tinnitus (and yes I know ibu and ASA etc. can cause that, and I do take that for pain management so it may be no more than med related) and headaches are related somehow. It's my understanding that spondylosis has no bearing on tinnitus though... so, it's quite possible there's something else happening under the surface that I'm hoping further testing and investigation can bring to light.

    Thanks for your input Mr Bulut, it's appreciated.

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    Re: Cervical spondylosis

    I've dealt with this problem - mine was disk degeneration in C6 and C5. The first indication of a problem was pain in the area of the affected cervical portion of the spine - it feels sort of like waking up with a crick in your neck after sleeping in an awkward position. I'm actively athletic, and I ignored the problem, figuring I just slept funny or something. The pain became progressively worse, and started to radiate down my left arm, and the arm felt numb as well. I still ignored it and kept running and swimming. The pain traveled down to my hand, and I started to get pain and numbness and tingling in my thumb and forefinger.

    The nerve(s) affected by the bulged disks suddenly became very inflamed, and I experienced pain in my neck and arm unlike anything I had ever experienced in my life - a severity of 9. It took steroids and narcotic pain medication to keep me from going insane. I was a virtual invalid for several weeks - the only respite I could get was to lay down with my head in certain positions. If I stood up for more than 2-3 minutes, the pain became so severe - in my neck and left arm, that I had to lay down immediately. The inflamed nerve slowly settled down, but my left arm remained weak and numb. It took fully a year for everything to return to near normal, and weight exercises to restore strength to my arm, but I have numbness and tingling in my left forefinger and thumb to this day, several years later - that's what I get for ignoring the problem and letting the nerve get completely inflamed. I have to use a neck pillow to really be able to sleep comfortably now, and the doctor said that's a good idea for people anyway. As Karabulut said, this is normal degeneration, but people who sit a lot are especially vulnerable, particularly if their posture isn't good. Ergonomics are very important if you sit all day working on a computer or something.

    Yes to a neurologist. And you need an MRI - an X-ray doesn't show you shit with respect to this problem - with an MRI, it's plain as day. Headache was never a symptom for me, though, so you may have something altogether else causing that problem.
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    Re: Cervical spondylosis

    So sorry to hear what you had to go through but glad things have improved.

    As to headache: I have a history of migraine but I've been migraine free for the last couple of years for the most part. Certainly the incidence has decreased substantially, so, it could be no more than that, and unrelated to the spondylosis.

    As to the other symptoms -and I'm off to see my doctor next week for further investigation at my request-he's of the opinion that there's some sinus-allergy thing going on. There IS a history of allergies in my family though I've come through so far unscathed. However, I'm aware that allergies can rear their head at any time, and triggers can change without warning... at least that's my understanding so, we'll see what's going on.

    I have told him I'd like more detail as to what's going on with my neck, up to and including being able to see "pictures".

    He's also of the opinion that there's something going on with the rotator cuff of my left shoulder. I trust him in this regard as he's the ringside doc involved in UFC bouts here in Van.

    Thanks for sharing your story, I appreciate it, and as mentioned, I'm glad things have settled, insofar as such can, for you.

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