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Suffer from frequent tinnitus, neck pain. History of arthritis in cervical vertebrae. Sudden palpitation, dizziness and numbness

Hello. I m a bit frustrated and am not sure what to do. I suffer from constant tinnitus which has gotten much worse over the past several months. I do suffer from neck pain that often radiates into my shoulders. I have done therapy however it continues to get worse. Last Monday I had a rather scary incident in the middle of the night. I got up to use the restroom when my heart started racing, I became dizzy and the vision in my left eye became blurry. When I laid down my chest started hurting and my cheek under my right eye became numb. My doctor ran a CBC, metabolic panel, an EKG, and a brain CT all of which came back normal. Could this have been caused by nerve issues in my neck? I was told several years ago that I do have arthritis in each of my cervical vertebrae and at least one if not two protruding discs. I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer.
Asked On : Mon, 17 Dec 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

These symptoms are most likely due to transient lack of blood flow to the brain. So, you should undergo an MRI scan of brain along with MR angiogram.

The vascular risk factors such as diabetes, high BP, cholesterol, etc should also be investigated for (if not done already).

Cervical disc prolapse usually causes neck pain, radiating pain in the arms, weakness of arms, etc.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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