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Constantly dizzy and new neck ache

What to do next?  I am a 33 yr old female and about a year ago I started feeling extremely dizzy.  I wouldn't describe it as room spinning dizzy, more like I feel like my head is in a snow globe and someone is shaking it.  The first "episode" lasted about 5-6 weeks.  My doc gave me all the meds for Vertigo, they just made me extremely sleepy and groggy. Blood work and a CT scan were negative.  Doc called it Vertigo and that was that.  The extreme dizzy sensations let up, but I never really felt normal again.  I'm always in this dizzy haze, when I walk I feel like there is an amplified movement in my head, bouncing up and down.  When I drive and look over my shoulder I have a slow motion dizzy sensation.  I do not feel nausea or like I am going to fall down.   I sometimes get a feeling of passing out, although I never have.    In August, I woke with a bad migraine headache and the extreme dizzy was back.  It lasted intensely for a week or so and then back to my daily dizzy feeling.  Six weeks ago I started having bad neck pain.  I do not recall a specific injury but I have been seeing a chiropractor.  We reviewed the dizzy feeling that I constantly have and so far the treatments have not helped the dizzy.  The sharp neck pain has let up, but I do feel an ache inside my neck that goes up to the base of my head.  And 2 days ago woke with the bad migraine headache and the severe dizzy is back!  Any suggestions of who/ where I should go next.
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I have a similar thing, but mine comes in muscular flares of the neck and in other areas of my spine and body. Do you have alot of tightness in your neck musles and shoulders?  In my case,I wonder if it has anything to do with blood flow being minimized through that area.  Migrains usually have to do with some type of venous constriction as well. You may want to check with a neurologist who specialises in migraines. I know migraines can cause all kinds of weird things.  I sometimes get occular migraines that cause blind spots in my vision. I know of another person that actually looses her speech for a time.  Maybe you're getting migraines that affect your balance in some way. I hope that helps.  Good luck.
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I am very tight in my neck and shoulders.  I think that may be my next step.  Thank you for responding!
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find a Dr or Phyusical Therapist who treats BPPV.  It sounds as if you have some inner ear problems, or at least a hypo-functioning vesibular system.
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Very frustrating this dizziness thing.  I've had it for about 3 years then it went away for 2 years and now came back a few months ago.  MD's have told me "oh its an ear infection", Meniere's disease, or BPPV.....none were specialists and they all made diagnoses without even getting out of their chairs.

Went to a ENT who sent me for an MRI...said it was Menieres, went to another ENT who sent me to an audiologist... said it was NOT Menieres but my neck.

Went to a neurologist...said I was imagining it...went to another 2 neurologist who said it was my neck.

Went to a chiropractor ...said it was my neck as my neck is all misaligned.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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wow i hav the same things going on.. i even went to the mayo clinic for a week..all they mostly did was check my heart..which came back fine..they were testing me for pots syndrome..my cardiologist said i had it and my nerologist said it was from my neck..if you find anything out please let me know...
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I also have dizzy AND lightheadedness and serevely tight neck, floating black dots and ringing in my ears.  All tests are coiming out neg.  What have ya'll done to treat?  I am doing the vestibular pt, massage therapy...no relief.  Also what docs should I see next?  Neuro?  Thoughts of cervical vertigo???  My doc thinks it is just tight muscles in neck causing my dizziness/vertigo, ringing but noone understands the eye issues yet.  I also am having weird heat flashes and red patches at times.  And numbness often...in hands and face.  I know it is overwhelming.  Hang in there...prayers to you.  
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Sternal Division (left): Head pain, "sinus" pain, visual disturbances, “sore throat,” difficulty swallowing, dry cough.

Clavicular Division (right): Autonomic and proprioceptive disturbances; frontal "sinus" headache, ear pain, nausea, dizziness and car-sickness; reversible tinnitus/deafness.







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What It Is and What It Does
Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) is the big ropey muscle that runs from the mastoid process (the rounded bump behind your ear) to the joint between collarbones and sternum at the base of your throat. This paired muscle pulls the head forward and down, and acts as a checkrein to prevent the head from falling backward. Both of these actions are involved in rolling where you must tuck the head for safety.
What Goes Wrong
When the SCM is strained or shortened the muscle itself rarely hurts, no matter how stiff or tight it may be. Problems are referred elsewhere, to head and neck, ears, eyes, nose and throat. The astonishing laundry-list of pain and dysfunction includes severe dizziness and other neurological symptoms. These may be mistakenly diagnosed as migraine, sinus headache, atypical facial neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, arthritis of the sternoclavicular joint, ataxia, multiple sclerosis (MS), brain lesions, tumors, and other frightening conditions. As always, these possibilities should be eliminated through differential diagnosis. However, because of its intimate relationship with the brain stem and several nerves including the vagus nerve, the SCM can produce many neurological disturbances all on its own. One is a  condition known as “postural dizziness” —- just walking around feeling dizzy and disoriented -— perhaps with a frontal headache commonly interpreted as “sinus” pain.

A common complaint in beginning Aikido or Judo is dizziness and nausea while rolling. This may be due to disorienting unfamiliar movements. It may also be due to a tight SCM, possibly strained long before arriving at the dojo by poor posture, chest breathing, or car accidents.
At the dojo SCM is commonly strained by locks
and pins and in rolling. SCM is critical for tucking the head which may be overdone by beginners. (Holding the head in the same position at the office will produce a nasty "word processor" headache.) More advanced students may suffer as well; when taking throws from beginners they often fling the head back then forward into a side-tucked position. This motion provides the energy and inertia needed for safety in the coming fall but it can also strain the SCM, a sort of self-induced whiplash injury. Avoid the fling, and learn to treat the injury.



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Upper Trapezius > Tension headache and "bursitis".
The trapezius muscle of the back and neck is the single muscle most likely to have trigger points in both adults and children.


The upper trapezius refers a "fish-hook" pain pattern up the back side of the neck to the head, and around the temple to the eye.

There may be goosebumps to upper arm and thigh possibly with nausea and visual disturbances. The nauseating pain of a one-sided trapezius headache is commonly diagnosed as "migraine" although migraine meds (most of which began as anti-seizure medications) often fail to relieve the pain.  

"Bursitis" and upper back pain may arise from the upper and lower fibers of the same muscle; see Introduction to Shoulder Pain.) Problems often begin with heavy bags or purses, or a habit of balancing phones between head and shoulder. Trapezius is also strained by tight SCM or scalene muscles.

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I HAVE ALL YOUR SYMTOMS (symptoms).. I HAVE SEEN EVERY DOCTOR THERE IS. NO ONE REALLY KNOWS. ANYTHING. THEY ALL GIVE ME DIFFERENT STORIES OF WHAT COULD BE WRONG. NOTHING HAS CHANGED . I WILL SAY THIS I WILL EVENTUALLY FIND THE CAUSE DONT GIVE UP. I AM PRAYING  AND I WAS TOLD WHEN I WAS REALLY YOUNG THAT GOD WOULD USE ME IN A BIG WAY. WELL I PRAY IT IS THREW THIS. I PRAISE HIM NO MATTER WHAT I AM GOING THREW AND TRUST ME SOMEDAYS I FEEL LIKE I AM GONNA DIE. BUT I DONT GIVE UP I KNOW GOD IS GONNA HELP ME AND I IN RETURN WILL HELP YOU ALL. WE CAN ALL AGREE TOGETHER THAT HE WILL GIVE ME THE ANSWER. GOD BLESS YOU ALL . DONT GIVE UP .... LOVE YOU ALL
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I have had constant vertigo for over 20 years and have not found the answer yet. I am hoping that God will decide to heal me sooner than later! At least he can point me in the direction of the person or persons who may have the answer. Thank you for asking God to bless us all!!
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I have these very same symptoms.  I have dizziness, and I feel like I am car-sick.  I get visual disturbances when I try to read any kind of parallel lines, especially my piano music when I teach or when I am on the computer.   I had ear pain on the left side and jaw pain.  My eyes water for no reason.  The doctor says that it is my scm muscle.  I have a 22 month old and I always hold him on my left hip and do things with my right hand.  I crink my neck to talk on the phone when I am holding him.  This has made my scm muscle get so tight.  They say that the SCM muscle in the neck can cause the scariest symptoms of any muscle.  Unfortunately the anxiety you have about the dizziness only makes the dizziness worse and the muscle tighter, which makes all things worse.  Try ruling out this muscle as the cause of your crazy symptoms.  It is worth a look.  God Bless!
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Jonjax - thanks for the comments about the SCM muscle. I have been working on that as a cause of my dizziness I am sure it is the main culprit. But as you know it is tough to get those muscles to relax let alone heal.  But I am not giving up!  There has got to be an answer somewhere and this just may be it!  Thanks again and God Bless you and your little one!!!
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