Dizziness from the neck?

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Some of you (or many!) know that I suffer from constant dizziness. Not when sitting down but when walking. This has been going on since February any any medical reasons have pretty much been ruled out. I was told it's most likely anxiety-related. I also think that is possible. But yesterday I noticed that if I lift my chin up a bit when walking I don't get as dizzy. Still dizzy just not at all that funny feeling in my head. Could my dizziness come from the neck as well? It just feel weird to walk with my chin that much higher, but hey, what do you do smile Well, my question is if it's common with neckrelated dizziness?

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    All walking with your chin up will do is give you a sore neck, 
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    Hi , Have you tried a chiropractor? I had vestibular neuritis a little over a year ago and with therapy I've pretty much had a full recovery however occasionally I get a bit dizzy ( different feeling then with the VN) bc I've had so many neck and back issues I've seen a chiropractor on/off for over 15 years and I can instantly tell if my dizziness is coming from my neck or not. Do your research on finding a good chiropractor that deals specifically with the neck. Good luck
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      Hello Crystal,

      how can u tell if the dizziness is related to your neck issues or vestibular neuritis? Since the vestibulocochlear nerve is affected in vestibular neuritis, what is to say that perhaps that nerve is being pinched or affected in some manner due to the inflammation caused by the neck disorder?  I'm just thinking out loud as I too have neck and vestibular issues and really believe the connection is there. But I may be missing something and if u describe the differences you feel, might help point me in the right direction. Every dr I see has a different opinion, so, I am basically on my own to figure this out. Waiting for MRI, but not holding my breath on that one.  

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    Sounds like it might be a cervical problem. I try to avoid looking down when i walk as it seems to aggravate the neck/dizziness. I agree with the other posts. You might try a chiropractor...or an acupuncturist. Just make sure they are reputable. Chiro has been a blessing to me..Wish you the west
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    Hi Stinaliza - Ive been dizzy now for three years.  Having had endless tests I went from ENT to ENT, seen neuro surgeon now got two neurologists.  I got a diagnosis of silent migraine - or VM - but I dont believe it.  I think Ive got a problem with my neck (well I know I have, I have prolapsed disc at C3 from car crash and deformed shoulder from it) if you google SCM injury, it explains all about neck injuries causing dizziness and weird head feelings.  Getting help with it is the problem.  I personally wouldnt go near a chiropracter as they are not a medically qualified person in UK, and can do more harm than good.  Im waiting to see a orthopaedic consultant at the hospital in October.  Im back at neurologist in November.  Presume youve seen GP and ENT and had scans etc.  You need to rule out anything serious like tumour etc before going down the dizzy route.  Good luck.  I think most doctors dont have a clue about it.  Its not anxiety although it does cause a massive amount of anxiety but dont be fobbed off.  Thats too easy an explanation because they dont know where to start with it. 
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    Hi and thanks for your contribution. I totally believe that my neck is a contributing factor to my dizziness, which thankfully is on the wain. If I hold my kneck high and to the left the pain is severe and yet when doing my daily beach run, looking down and to the left and right (as someone else advised) causes me to head for the water; too cold here for that at the moment. My neck pain is I believe the result of a tail end vehicle collision from 20 years ago and I hope that some form of arthritis is not setting in. So, no help to you I'm afraid, but it is interesting that so many have mentioned kneck pain in their posts. Get well, regards, Jon
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      Hi Jon = google SCM injury, totally comes from a car crash rear ended.  It shows all the symptoms we have all got including the dizziness and weird head and eye stuff.  Ive made an appmt to see someone regarding it cos i think thats my problem.
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      Thanks Paula. I just know there is a connection, but I had the accident in 1997 and no onset of problems until 2013, over 15 years later. I shall follow your progress with interest and hope that all goes very well, you/we/us all deserve better than this. Jon
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      Hi Paula. Yes the beach has a way of reminding one how fortunate I am. Two weeks in far north Queensland and once again on the beach saw me enjoying 29 celcius every day, just gorgeous. Back now in Victoria and it is presently around 12 degrees in my kitchen, not so glorious :-). Take care and thanks for chatting, Jon PS. SCM did not bring up expected results, more clues please? rolleyes
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    Hi I have this too, but I have oesteoarthritis in my neck due to years of typing and learning on a manual typewriter. I know it is neck related as like you when i Lift my head I notice a difference. My GP said that the arthritis which is like a very small hump, I think they call it a dowagers hump traps the nerves and causes this. I notice it more when walking or looking at a book or I Pad. There is no cure for me just lots of rolling of neck and shoulders. I do get occasional sports massage which hurts but then helps. I do believe that your next could be doing it rather anxiety which GP's seem to blame everything on. Take care
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      Hi I too have typed all my life and learnt on a manual typewriter.  Im still typing in fact !!  Both now and as a job.  I looked up dowagers hump and I dont think I have that yet (something else to look forward to, with the saggy boobs and the facial hair !!) However, I do have a weird lump thing higher up.  I would say its at the bottom of my neck where it joins my back and its very rounded - Im sure its not right.  Having said that, had quite a good day today, went shopping in a shopping centre with good lights so was fine.  It was amazing not come across that before. 
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      Hi, I am sorry I should have googled dowagers hump as I have got the wrong thing, that is not what I have it is like a small bump or shelf as my son calls it at base of neck and sounds like yours, it feels like fat covered bone and it looks a bit like my head is slighty forward. My chiropractor and GP both said it is osteoarthritis caused by typing. I still work part time using a PC so am sat in that awful rounded position that I seem to have got myself into. I try to sit up straight and it feels better. My neck pops and cracks as well, not sure if yours does and this is what causing the trapped nerve type feeling of headache and dizziness. I also get the feeling of being in a lift sometimes when walking as if the floor is going down. I was terrified at first and got myself into a real state over the headaches and dizziness and even had a brain scan as was convinced it was something sinister. But good old wear and tear. I am also in quite a lot of pain in the top of my back as this posture causes your bones to seize up. So I just rotate my neck and shoulders throughout the day which does help. As you say saggy boobs, not got the facial hair yet, but who knows maybe that's next. LOL have a good day.
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      Hi - yes my neck creaks and cracks sometimes.  Only when Im dizzy.  So does my jaw.  Its all weird stuff.  I had two panic attacks when mine started cos I thought I had MS.  It took almost a year to get a diagnosis which I still dont agree with.  One of my legs is longer than the other and consequently I have a bad knee and hip so maybe being out of alignment is causing the dizziness.  I want to go and have a gait analysis.  Did have a good day, thanks.  Are you in the UK ?
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      Hi youngatheart1.  I really appreciate your sense of humor!! I also have degenerative arthritis in the neck..but have a very good chiropractor who has helped very much. The posture is so important!  take care. Hope you find relief.
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      I had a gait analsis about 30 years ago and with all the measurements etc., it appeared my left leg was longer I think, so I have orthotics to wear in my shoes to even it out.  However that was private, the NHS now give me orthotics but dont measure anything so Im sure they arent right for me.  My right hip is very painful, left knee and consequently Ive had a morson toe on right foot, and neck not right.  They didnt know if it was from the car crash in 1973 or if I was born out of alignment.  I think I will go and have another one done, it was invaluable. 
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      Hi yes, I am in the UK. Reading back through the posts I have noticed that you had a car accident hit from the back. I too was hit whilst stationery about 6 years ago and my husband is convinced this helped my symptoms to progress. I too believed I had MS and one chiropractor tried to convince me it was my cerrebelum thingy at the base of my skull and wearing bright blue lenses in my glasses would help as when I close my eyes I sway and cannot keep my balance. I gently explained that at 50 year old lady in bright blue lenses was not a good look, he apparently make Elton Johns glasses, enough said. Now I know what it is I can accept it and I just live with it I suppose, it is just the being in a lift sensation that still freaks me. Glad your day was good.
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      Hi you have to have humour in this mad world. Not sure if you are male or female but my posture is bad as I don't like my big boobs so do stoop to hide them. My chiropractor, a tiny delicate lady say's shoulders back, stick em out. Hmmmm
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      Hi, Ive always had big boobs, and that puts a lot of strain on your shoulders and neck.  I dont knowingly stoop but who knows.  Plus my handbag over my shoulder gets painful too.  Lets face it Im dropping apart piece by piece.  Did the garden today and my hip was agony from standing for long periods.  Im def going to get a gait analysis.  Dizziness not too bad whilst in the garden - no bright lights and moving about seemed to ease it a bit.
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