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Thanks to this forum I realise I am not mad! I have been suffering from extensive shoulder, arm and hand pain for about 12 years following a whiplash injury. I have been to successive doctors who have, amongst other things, sent me for hand xrays, given me copious amounts of pain killers and told me to live with it - it's my age (I am now 51). One doctor asked me if I was still able to do the cooking and washing up for my husband - if so then that was okay. (No matter that I have a career that pays all the bills and would prefer to spend my time doing watersports than washing up). Periodically I have also have a fair amount of chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy.
12 months ago this week I turned over in bed, felt a snapping sensation in my neck and became extemely dizzy and nearly passed out. The dizziness and headache lasted 6 months and still pay me regular unwelcome visits! The pains in my arms etc are also still there.
Despite my protestations that it was my neck my GP diagnosed labyrinthitis and gave me medication (that didn't work at all). He then sent me to an ENT specialist who eventually said the problem was my neck.
After referral to a further specialist and an MRI scan I have been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis. I am still off work and unlikely to return. About to (re)start physio tomorrow and told to take pain killers. Specialist may consider surgery in a few months time but he says my neck is such a mess he wouldn't really know where to start - well that boosts the confidence. My GP still insists that cervical spondylosis does not cause dizziness. Thanks to this forum I realise I am definitely not alone in my dizzy world!
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