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Getting dizziness while moving or turning head. Diagnosed with cervical spondylosis. Safe remedy?

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For the past few months i am getting dizziness ocassionally and some of the following symptoms may be associated or may not be associated. I do not get vomiting or nausea . I get dizziness when
1.When on some days when i get up from the bed.
2 if i sleep turning to the right side of my body.I observed this on two or three occassions
3.When i bend my neck down or look up towards sky to see a aircraft
4.if i read paper while standing looking down
5.when i pick up something off the floor or bend my body down
6 when i see my left shoulder by bending my neck left side.
The dizziness lasts for a week in which time i take Stugeron 25 mg twice a day.When i get pain in the neck region i take zero dol p or some diclofenac.
I am a vegetarian and 70 years old.
My medical history is I had IHD 37 yrs back no complications/mild Hypertension (Under control)Diabetes (since 2010) Hyperthyroidsm(2011). All are under control.
When i saw an ortho , he said that i have cervical spondylosis and the vertebrae are degenerating, and suggested stugeron .But i am not thoroughly satisfied with his findings. Hence i am seeking your opinion. I shall try to upload my ap & lateral view of my cervical spine. Kindly study and advise the remedy.

Posted Sun, 17 Feb 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 2 hours later
Hi, thanks for using health care magic

Dizziness and vertigo (the false feeling of moving when turn head-spinning feeling) are very common.
They can occur on their own or in association with headaches,hearing loss or tinnitus which is abnormal sounds in the ears.

They are usually due to conditions of the inner ear though they can also be related to conditions of the brain or due to a drop in blood pressure.
AS it relates to the inner ear the most common causes are (1) Meniere's disease (2) BPPV which stands for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (3)vestibular neuronitis- there is inflammation of the nerve involved in balance

In BPPV , which is the most common of the above,the vertigo is caused by certain positions of the head and neck like you described.
Diagnosis is made by performing certain maneuvers during a physical examinintion in an attempt to elicit the sensation- the examination maneuver is called dix hallpike.

Treatment involves the use of medication and there are also maneuvers that are taught and done at home that are helpful.

It may be best to see your GP or neurologist instead , if possible,so that the tests can be done.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Getting dizziness while moving or turning head. Diagnosed with cervical spondylosis. Safe remedy? 15 hours later
Doctor,I thank you very much for the prompt and expert addvise. I fully understood that it is a old age problem. But i wish to know particularly the answer to my query no 6. why i am getting dizziness if i look towards my left shoulder when i bend my neck to left side?kindly enlighten me. Why this happening only for left side and not for right side. Why i am not able to sleep turning to my right side of my body?
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 7 hours later

Vertigo and dizziness are not problems related to age, they can happen to anyone.

They are related either to problems with the inner aspect of the ear or the problems with the brain.

The condition that I mentioned BPPV , is a condition causing dizziness only when the person moves in certain positions for example looking to the left by bending head to the left side like you do.
The positions that cause the symptoms vary from person to person.

The BPPV stands for benign paroxysmal positional (because the symptoms occur in certain positions for each person) vertigo.

In addition, it is also possible that there may be a slight decrease in blood pressure as you get up from a lying position which would cause the symptoms when you get up from the bed.

Your doctor would check your blood pressure lying and standing to determine if there is a difference.
He or she will also conduct the examination mentioned earlier to assess the inner ear

Feel free to ask any other questions
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