Chest pain with bulging discs and cervical spondylosis

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Hello I have been in pain with my neck for two years now, had mri's it showed bulging discs in my neck and severe spondylosis, I've just had my second injection at the hospital and the pain is much worse, what I wanted to know, does anybody suffer from chest pain/dizziness/fuzzy head and do you keep dropping things.... I'm so sick of going back and forward to doctors for one thing after another, they don't seem to have a clue what they're talking about.... Twice I've been sent to a clinic because they think I may have had a mini stroke???? All because of dizziness, headaches and foggy head... Someone please help me !!!!!!

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    Hi Angela

    Sorry to hear of your problems.  Everything you describe is typical of Cervical Spondylosis.  Muggy headaches usually appear in the morning,  at back of head and moving to top and front as day progresses.  Usually feels more like a 'pressure' headache than a 'splitting' headache.  Any dizzyness  i.e.   feeling loss of power or balance, you should see your GP about it, or go to A&E to have it checked,  because that can signify something which might need immediate attention.  The other symptoms can be dealt with over time.  You might get some tips for dealing with the general C/S symptoms by reading the C/S  posts on this site....but yoy will also need your GP's advice on any relevant medications.  C/S symptoms tends to come in phases,  so it can ease off in between.  It's easier to think about how to apply yourself when symptoms have eased...when you're having a flare up, it's enough to just deal with that and take it easy.

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    Hi Angela. I have multi level cs and foraminal stenosis. Yes I have bad

    Chest pain. The first time I thought it was a heart attack, but thank

    god it wasn't. Just my muscles playing up. The best thing about that was the gas and air the ambulance man gave me. All ive been told is to try and relax when it happens. I also have bad headaches, dizzyness and a

    constant buzzing in ears. Not sure if that as anything to do with cs. Going to gp is like going to my second home. Hope you manage to get some answers sweet. Take care ☺

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      hi Paula, thank you for advice, yes going to the docs always feels like I'm wasting their time....just another symptom of cs or menopause, after all the tests for heart last time came back clear I was so relieved but then the menopause plays tricks on your mind with the anxiety, every pain you get you think it's something serious.. Or your going to have a heart attack, I know there's a lot of people with serious problems and should think myself lucky and I know I am but God I just long for the days when I didn't have a pained body :0(
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    Hi Angela,

    When I read your post this morning I just knew I had to reply to you today. I could feel your pain, anxiety and sadness. I get all the exact same symptoms, chest pain, neck, shoulder, back, right arm pain, headaches the list goes on..... I also suffer terrible foggy heads, dizziness daily and balance problems, pins and needles, numbness and think Im having a heart attack or stroke. I wish I could help you but all I can do is tell you I understand. I have CS and bulging discs too. It is a daily battle against this hideous thing. I agree the doctors just shrug their shoulders and dont seem to have any idea what to do with us.My anxiety is at an all time high because I fear going out anywhere especially with my dizziness and balance problems. I am on pain medication but I am trying to have a break from it. I usually wake up, get up and know pretty much what kind of day it will be within 5 mins. I tell my family now when they ask that I am having  a good day or if real bad an ok day. They must be so sick of living with the miserable Donna and I feel like a burden. I am still working 2-3 days a week but cant always get through it. I find using the computer, phone, and any moving pictures can worsen my symptoms. I have changed my sleeping habits a bit and experimented with different positions and pillows which has made some improvement but I guess its just taking one day at a time counting my blessings and trying to stay positive with meditation, music and family. I know its tough and I just wish you and all of us days hours minutes of relief and almost normality. I have also been diagnosed with vestibular migraine which can be exaccerbated bycertain smells and food.

    I believe that we have to try to be active on our "good" days and talk positive thoughts to ourselves. Sending love and positive healing energy your way.

    Take Care Donna xx

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      Hi Donna

      Nice response.  I'm just interupting here to highlight something you referred to which I think is really relevant to the ways we try to manage our little torturer :

      " I usually wake up, get up and know pretty much what kind of day it will be within 5 mins. I tell my family now when they ask that I am having  a good day or if real bad an ok day. They must be so sick of living with the miserable Donna and I feel like a burden."

      I think that's the same for all of us,  and it is also possibly an unwanted barrier when it comes to deciding strategies for coping with C/S.  None of us wants to upset our home comfies by insisting on special treatment by family etc.  We know that occasionally we seem ok,  and so don't want to be labelled as the one 'crying wolf' all the time.  As a consequence,  we try to steer the attention away somewhat,  and in doing so,  perhaps we sell ourselves a bit short when it comes to insisting that, actually,  we do need to focus on our condition and develop management strategies which might not fit in easy with the expectations of others.  That's something which is much easier to manage alone,  unfortuneately.  I don't think that family etc.  are capable of understanding the C/S difficulties,  in the same way that we often find it difficult to understand it ourselves.

      I'm not advocating that all C/S patients should live alone so that they can focus better,  just that we need to learn how to implant that type of focus into more communal situations,  and not feel we have 'lowered the tone' in any way.  Perhaps a ' Proud to have C/S' movement would pay rewards !

       

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      Hi Gerry, yes I suppose your right I am one of those people who say when I'm asked "are you ok"....I just say "yeah fine" because it's a lot easier than telling people & family that I'm not.

      Who wants to hear about my pain when they're probably suffering from their own health problems....

      It's just nice to hear comments from folk who are in the same club.. It lets me know I'm not suffering alone, or going mad!!!

      Thanks guys :0)

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      Might be just me but I sometimes think that when I attempt to explain what I'm experiencing,  and it comes to that 'lost in translation' moment, probably because it's not a shared experience,  I quite often feel worse....and maybe even a bit of repressed anger at the misunderstandings.  The only time I've ever felt that the reality was being appreciated was when, 3 years ago,  after many years of C/S,  a Physio was checking my MRI and she gave me a certain look which seemed to say a lot. So I said to her " So, I guess all my whingeing over the years was actually about something ", and she replied " Yes,  this goes back a long way ".  I found that very cleansing emotionally. 
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      PS.....

      That probably sounds too much like a 'born again' moment,  but I'm really not that type.  More of a lapsed atheist.

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      me too Gerry, when I got my diagnosis I nearly cried, not because of the c/s and bulging discs but just because finally a reason for the pain other than "oh it's just muscle problems"...

      take care gerry biggrin

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    I get dizzy and lightheaded when I lie down in bed. Doctor said it is pressure on the nerves leading to the brain. I've got tablets for it.
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