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chronic neck pain/syncope
Is there a doctor who will help......my husband has had increasing neck pain & now is passing out. We have been bounced around from doctor to doctor. The neurosurgeon says go to a neurologist, they say go back to your family doc. Is it normal to pass out multiply times a day due to neck pain? I sure don't think so. I am so tired of specialists treating my husband like a lost cause & as we are wasting their time. MRI's don't seem to report anything bad enough for surgery. Pain w/passing out should set off some alarm to a good doctor, right?? Anyone ever gone thru this before. He does have narrowing at C4 & C5, some bulging disks also. How do I get a doctor to help!!
thanks a bunch,
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Welcome to the medhelp forum with this query. I can understand your concern about your husband’s neck condition. Primarily from your history, the narrowing of vertebrae at C4 C5 level and bulging discs seem to irritate the nerve roots supplying the neck muscles and there can be dizziness associated. There are a few conditions which need to be investigated. A cardiovascular system evaluation to check if there is any angina or previous myocardial infarction, any rhythm disturbance, any heart blocks or valvular lesions causing syncope in your husband. A detailed blood picture to check anemia, electrolytes, postural hypotension, dehydraton. Rule out vertibrobasillar blood vessels compression due to narrowing as a result of atherosclerosis etc.  a rare yet related syndrome known as eagle’s syndrome where one has enlarged styloid process or calcified stylohyoid ligament could cause pain on swallowing and head turning along with dizziness.Neck pain could be a part of migraines, wrong posture, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerve,or whiplash injury. What are the aggravating and relieving factors? The neck needs to be examined in movement, palpated for any elicitable tenderness, nervous system assessed to check if it could be the culprit. Then other studies to be done are a CAT scan, MRI, myelogram,  electromyography and nerve conduction velocity test.
So first consider the symptoms separatelyfor their respective possible causes and then together. Rule out the simple possibilities first. I advice you not to jump doctors and go to a good neurologist albeit the cardiac assessment can be carried out by a cardiologist.
I hope this helps. You are most welcome for any other clarifications that you might have. Take care.
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