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What causes dizziness, back neck pain and balance issues?

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Posted on Tue, 10 May 2016
Question: What can be causing a dull ache in the left side and back of my neck and making me feel slightly dizzy, and unclear in my head and not steady on my feet?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Can be spondylottic changes in cervical spine.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The dull ache on the back side of the neck with dizziness could be related to spondylottic changes in the cervical spine. This can be aggravated with any injury in the area also.
X-ray of neck in lateral view or MRI will help in the diagnosis.
Treatment includes
1. Use of cervical collar helps in immobilisation and brings relief.
2. Medical drugs like pain killers - acetaminophen/ibuprofen and muscle relaxants might be helpful.
3. Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.
4. Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms.
5. You can avoid using a pillow.

As you try these measures, I also encourage you to consult an orthopedician for both evaluation and to avail stronger prescription medications
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (18 hours later)
Thank you very much Dr. Tayal. I believe you have made the correct diagnosis, and that is giving me some relief already--just knowing what could be causing my problem; and I will follow up with an orthopedician
Thank you again so much.
Sincerely,
Candy Holmen
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You are welcome.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thank you.
I am happy I could help.
Please do recommend our services to others too in case you found them helpful. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal
Wishing you the best in whatever you do.
Best regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes dizziness, back neck pain and balance issues?

Brief Answer: Can be spondylottic changes in cervical spine. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The dull ache on the back side of the neck with dizziness could be related to spondylottic changes in the cervical spine. This can be aggravated with any injury in the area also. X-ray of neck in lateral view or MRI will help in the diagnosis. Treatment includes 1. Use of cervical collar helps in immobilisation and brings relief. 2. Medical drugs like pain killers - acetaminophen/ibuprofen and muscle relaxants might be helpful. 3. Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist. 4. Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms. 5. You can avoid using a pillow. As you try these measures, I also encourage you to consult an orthopedician for both evaluation and to avail stronger prescription medications I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal