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is a common degenerative condition of the cervical spine
and most likely caused by age-related changes in the intervertebral disks. Vertigo (dizziness
) with this type of origin usually happen when the head is turned or tilted causing compression of the blood vessels that supply the part of the brain involved in balance.
I advice you to wear a soft neck collar during the day to help limit neck motion and reduce nerve irritation
. You can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, Etoricoxib
or Diclofen etc. for pain relief and muscle relaxants, particularly if neck muscle spasms occur after discussing with your doctor. Do exercises under guidance of a physical therapist to strengthen neck muscles and stretch the neck and shoulders.
When you have episodes of dizziness (vertigo)-
Do not lie flat on your back. Prop yourself up slightly to relieve the spinning sensation.
Move slowly to avoid the risk of falling. Take rest. Resting will help prevent attacks of light-headedness.
Do not drive a motor vehicle, operate equipment, or climb on a ladder while you are dizzy.
Do not use substances that can affect your circulation, including caffeine, tobacco, alcohol.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.