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Suffer neck pain. MRI showed spondylosis with asteophytes. Had BBPV. Is dizziness relates to current neck pain?

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I have had neck pain for many years. Recently MRI showed spondylosis with osteophytes, disk bulging, cord indentation on C34, c56,c45,c67, facet arthritis Left c23. Have had BPPV in past but has been serious lately especially upon looking up, lasting only seconds however. Can this dizzyness be related to current neck or is this just a coincidental BPPV occurance. Thank you T. XXXXXXX
Posted Sun, 28 Jul 2013 in Back Pain
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 25 minutes later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

BPPV is abnormal sensation of movement that is triggered by particular positions as you have described.

AT present there are two main theories regarding the cause of BPPV, both relate to the semicircular canals in the inner ear. The semicircular canals are found in the inner ear and are involved in maintaining balance.There are three of them, there are different sections of these semicircular canals, the canal portion and the amulatory portion (this is a dilated or expanded area).

The two theories are termed: (1)canalithiasis - stones or particles are present in the canal part of the semicircular canals and (2) cupulolithiasis- particles or stones in the ampula part of the canals

It is thought that the presence of these particles in the inner ear are responsible for the symptoms of BPPV.

The results of the MRI would not cause BPPV but may contribute to your dizziness by (1) possible compression of blood vessels by the bulging disc (2) abnormal nerve impulses from the nerves in the cervical region. Information from the neck is combined with information from the inner ear and eyes to help with balance
(3)any injury or compression of the cervical spinal cord

The above relate to a condition called cervical vertigo which is essentially symptoms of vertigo that can be related to issues with in the cervical region.

YOu may want to consider speaking to your doctor to find out whether this is contributing to your symptoms.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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