I have a curvature and herniated disk problem in my neck. I have had many tests done in regards to the dizziness everything else seems to check out ok. I have dizziness and dysfunction with fine motor function problems. The dizziness is becoming more and more difficult to deal with. Doctors that I have seen have giving me mixed reviews. Some say the dizziness should not be caused by the neck. I have recently read on this forum someone else having the same problem. I am concerned that I am doing unrepairable damage by not correcting the problem. Please help with some direction.
Thanks, Bill  
12-20-08  a reply

reply:  by Lama Chahine, MD

Dec 24, 2008
Thanks for using the forum. I am happy to address your questions, and my answer will be based on the information you provided here. Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with your doctor.

Without the ability to examine you and obtain a history, I can not tell you what your symptoms are from. However, I will try to provide you with some possibilities

As you know, dizziness can have many causes. Vertigo, or "room-spinning dizziness" can be caused by several different types of inner ear problems and less commonly from central nervous system diseases. Cervical disease disease (such as a herniated disc in the cervical (neck) region or arthritis of the spine) can cause vertigo, though this is not common More often, the dizziness is not room-spinning per se but rather a whooziness or sort of light-headed dizziness. I will refer to this as cervicogenic dizziness. This notion of cervicogenic dizziness is not accepted by all medical practitioners, it is controversial, as it is not well researched, difficult to diagnose, and difficult to conduct research on. However, it may be diagnosed in someone with neck pathology and dizziness in which no other cause is found. Therefore, it is a diagnosis of exclusion, after inner-ear and brain problems are excluded.

Patients with dizziness due to neck pathology (cervicogenic dizziness) often complain of dizziness that is worse with particular head movements and when the head is maintained in one specific posture for prolonged periods. Neck pain and a headache in the occipital region (the back of the head above the neck) may be associated with the dizziness. The dizziness may last minutes to hours after assuming certain head positions.

You mentioned concern regarding permanent damage from your disc. I really can not comment definitively on this, but in general dizziness due to a cervical herniated disc does not necessarily imply risk of impending permanent damage. As you may know, there are specific indications for herniated discs, and not everyone with a herniated disc requires surgery. The usual treatment is antiinflammatories and physical therapy. For people with dizziness, a specific type of physical therapy that must be done by certified therapists can help retrain your vestibular system. indications for surgery are severe and protracted pain, sensory or motor loss due to the disc, or pressure on the spinal cord. Indications for surgery are best assessed by a neurologist with an MRI of the spine and with a test called an EMG/NCS and by a spine surgeon.

If you have not yet been evaluated by an ENT and neurologist for your dizziness, I recommend you do so. If all other causes are ruled out and you are diagnosed with cervicogenic dizziness, vestibular rehabilitation by a certified physical therapist may be helpful to you; continued follow-up with your physicians is recommended.

Thank you for using the forum I hope you find this information useful good luck.
The dizziness could be a sign of anemia that drs don't usually find, such as that of CFIDS, CFS, FM

It is a lack of oxygen issue

Herniated discs can also be advanced anemia, because an anemia sign is also very high white blood cell counts in a body that has gone autoimmune. I write about this on web pages, but the forum doesn't want them posted here

I think exposure to BUTYL or 2-butoxyethanol is to blame

And this is the AUTOIMMUNE causing chemical


Seizures -  Fainting -  Dizziness *

Why do I feel Lightheaded?  Why this Dizziness?  *

A precursor to THE Anemia

Avoid BUTYL *

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The Proper View of CFIDS, CFS, FM, ME


more helps to find the fatigue - the anemia


Cold to the Core


NJ Hazardous Chemical Fact sheet on 2-butoxyethanol
I have heard from two workers during 1989 in Valdez (Sandy & Richard) who have spectacularly high white blood cells (& abnormal body temp, blood pressure, blood sugar) and they are having multiple operations for degenerative discs.  The anemia 2-butoxyethanol in the cleanup chemical would cause:  autoimmune hemolytic anemia and they were testing those who worked directly with them for blood in urine, and for some they took blood samples.

Find the Anemia *


2-butoxyethanol overexposure LOOKS LIKE the FLU

The worst pesticide our Soldiers have been

(& are being) exposed to



  • Classically, in IMHA the stimulation of the bone marrow is so strong that even the white blood cells lines (which have very little to do with this disease but which also are born and incubate in the bone marrow along side the red blood cells) are stimulated. This leads to white blood cell counts that are spectacularly high.

Now what do you think this multitude of white blood cells will be doing in an autoimmune system?