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Hi,

I worked fulltime as a graphic designer for the last 5 years. Working in a stressful environment where we couldn't take many breaks. Before working with computers i never had any issues at all and was very physical and fit! Progressively over the previous years I started having problems with my neck and eyes. I would often get tightness in the neck, eyes feel strained and dizzy, feeling less steady when standing, certain chairs could easily give me a headache, tightness at side of eyes around to the base of the skull. These symptoms tend to vary.

I am now out of the industry and have gone back to uni to make a career change, however i am still experiencing these symptoms even though my time behind a computer has reduced considerably. I have tried seeing a chiropractor, remedial therapist, acupuncture... and they may have temporary benefits but dont seem to get me back to where i was before working with computers. I am 6'2" and quite slim and i think i was prone to bad posture when at a pc... i also have a fairly long neck. find it difficult to sit up straight for any long period of time and often end up slouching forward.

i also noticed that when i put my hands on my head with my elbows outwards (like after a run) and relax my shoulders, the muscles/ligaments in my shoulders and along my upper arm are really tight almost like stretching your hamstring!

i hate this so much cos it makes me feel like crap! any ideas on what i could do or who i could go see to help me? ps. i am in australia.
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replied March 10th, 2009
Tightness in Neck and Eye Strain
I have the same symptoms. I have had them for months now. I have a lot of stress and anxiety in my life. I hate the feeling of being dizzy or off balance constantly. I feel like there is so much pressure or strain behind my eyes when I move them from side to side and my neck is constantly tight and sore. I get frequent headaches. Almost every time I sit on my couch I get one of those headaches, so certain chairs and couches do that to me too. My ears also pop and crack and I feel like my sinuses are always stuffy. I can't stand it! It makes me miserable and almost depressed! Did you find any solutions on your probblem? If you did I would love to hear about them.
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replied April 25th, 2009
me, too!
Since mid 2006 I have had almost the exact symptoms, except that mine end up in me vomiting. I am not sure if the vomiting is because I force myself to puke in order to stop being dizzy, or if the dizziness actually leads to vomiting. Anyhow, my symptoms are that my eyes get darty, there is a tightness in the back of my neck, at the base of my skull, I feel dizzy and off balance, and I even get clammy and if I lie down I feel like I am falling. I kind of describe it as feeling hungover. it's really crappy, and doctors seem to never know what is wrong with me. I've been diagnosed with vertigo, but I know that cannot be right.

Any suggestions?
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replied August 3rd, 2009
virtigo and head and neck stiffness
This sounds like my symptoms i am under stress alot and my defence systom is under attack a virus can start it all off.then there is inflamation due to the seasons rhianitus i think its called which can over a period of time make your sinuses over work and of course ears nose and throat are linked.The dizziness can cause tightness in the neck and eyes as they over work trying to keep you balanced but a check in any of these area is advisable with a gp. I take echinacea to help but it is like a vicious circle wants a dizzy spell occurs your on guard and everything tighten in neck which just makes the symptoms worse as blood supply to the head is restricted so any advise is worth a try to stop this circle.
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replied August 17th, 2009
The ever widening use of computers led to a marked increase in the reported cases of eyestrain. Still, too few computer users can identify the early symptoms of eyestrain. They stare daily at a lighted monitor, never noticing that their eyes have come under strain.
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replied August 19th, 2009
I don't use computers much only for short periods at home.controllins anxiety and stress seem to be my problem but as others have suggested posture even sitting causes problems. thanks
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replied August 19th, 2009
Re: me, too!
abbyolivia wrote:
Since mid 2006 I have had almost the exact symptoms, except that mine end up in me vomiting. I am not sure if the vomiting is because I force myself to puke in order to stop being dizzy, or if the dizziness actually leads to vomiting. Anyhow, my symptoms are that my eyes get darty, there is a tightness in the back of my neck, at the base of my skull, I feel dizzy and off balance, and I even get clammy and if I lie down I feel like I am falling. I kind of describe it as feeling hungover. it's really crappy, and doctors seem to never know what is wrong with me. I've been diagnosed with vertigo, but I know that cannot be right.

Any suggestions?
This is exactly what i have watch your diet ie eggs,milk etc all dairy. To much alcohol limit this as these can be triggers to me.But as these cause mucus this affects the inner ear as all connected ears nose etc. try echinacea this pumps blood supply round to ears and helps infections. plus b vitamins for nervous system and eat well. this all helps me and may reduce attacks. Dont clean your ears with cotton buds or poke them.A nurse told me this. goodluck!
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replied August 24th, 2009
Dizziness
I have had very similar problems. I have dizziness and have been diagnosed with inner ear damage on the left ear causing this dizziness. But I also get eye strain with this and neck ache. My muscles in my neck are very weak and I struggle to hold me head up. I hate sitting or standing still. That is the worse. Also supermarkets and shops make me dizzer cause I guess my eyes are straining to keep balance? Does anyone know how your eyes work to keep your balance? My ENT says that my inner ear balance would not affect my eyes?!
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replied August 29th, 2009
I never found an answer to my problem. Still searching... but recently i had some dental work done which has aggrevated things... i still think that my main issue is related to my head and neck... as posture seems to make things much worse... i am considering going to a cranial osteopath...

my other thread in TMJ section - http://ehealthforum.com/health/tmj-symptom s-after-dental-adjustment-t198801.html
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replied August 31st, 2009
Osteopath
I have just started seeing an osteopath. He seems to be really good so again I get my hopes up for a magic cure Smile got to stay positive! Can't give up and stop looking for answers. I believe my problems are neck/muscle related. I have seen osteo's in the past but havent stayed with them for long. Cranial osteopaths are meant to be good. I have been told my posture is really bad also. But my problem is my neck is too weak to hold up most days so I slouch forward. Probably putting more pressure on my neck muscles. When this problem first started I couldn't even lift my head up. I had to use my hands to lift my head up!! Now things are alot better so progress has been made Smile
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replied December 13th, 2009
I have the same symptoms, with the dizziness and tightening. Mine gets so bad and tight at the base of my skull that it feels like my body is going numb. It's really scary, but it never lasts. It sounds like a lot of people are having these same problems. If you asked me, i think it is a combination of things for all who suffer from this mysterious condition. It sounds like it's stress, tension, nutrition deficiencies, bad posture, and eye strain combine. I'm actually going to a chiropractor right now, they do provide relief. Mine symptoms only act up in the winter, which makes me wonder if the weather has something to do with it as well. I'm sure I will just get told that I have vertigo and that I am stressed. But, hopefully, I am just stressed!
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replied March 3rd, 2011
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I am suspecting this is actually the root cause of my neck pain/TMJD, facial pain stiffness and numbness. What is working for me:

-Swimming 1/2 mile to 1 mile at a health club is restoring strength and flexibility to the neck. This is helping me go longer and longer period without pain and stiffness.
-Hot tub.
-Sleeping on the my back and side - never on stomach.
-Today I am trying to use my non-dominant eye at the computer where I work 10 hours a day. I have been working on my neck/TMJ issues almost a year now. This is just the latest in a long list of theories and treatments.
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replied March 12th, 2011
eye strain, neck and shoulder cramps
I myself am experiencing something similar to you guys. I worked in an office for the past 10 years where I was constantly inputting data and staring at a vdu screen. I soon started to get problems related to my posture and then started having eyestrain and then the headaches began which became more and more frequent which lead to me taking time off work, the headaches would start in work and became worse at night and eventually became so nauseating that I would throw up which would give some relief. I too went to the doctors and they couldnt give me any answers other than to have a massage! which wasnt very supportive or understanding. I then went to various osteopaths and physio which did give temporary relief, it came to a crunch where i eventually left my job. I spend as little as time as possible at the computer but still on occassions have the eyestrain and the headaches from cramping in my shoulders and neck. I have since discovered that certain exercises will bring on the crampoing in the neck and shoulders such as lifting weights or anything that lifts the arms above the shoulders I also when I feel my eyes go tight that moving the eyes around in a figure of eight or staring really hard at an object such as wall really opening up your eyes for as long as you can, this really helps too. I cant say I have got to the bottom of my problems but i have identified the trigger factors such as prolonged vdu use, sitting down poor posture or lifting weights. I just wondered if anyone else has experienced these symptoms and also hope what I found to help alleviate my symptoms can be helpful to others.
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replied January 20th, 2014
Hi friend, I have the same problems, to put it simply, you have a bruxism problem! You are grinding your teeth all night long( without realising it). Look into nti device, it's to help you with your grinding.
The reason it effects your neck and eyes, is because the neck muscles come into play when you grind, just try clenching your teeth now and you will see what I mean.
The muscles in the neck become exhausted and weak because of the nightly grinding. Then the tight neck muscles press on nerves and tendons round eyes. Also the muscles above the eyes get very tight, again clench hard and you will see for yourself which muscles come into action when you clench.
I hope this helps
A fellow sufferer
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replied June 2nd, 2011
My shoulders are very tight, they are strained, and my neck sometimes hurts. Its been like this for 2 months. I have tingling in both arms, Patches of numbness. pain in my arms when i move my shoulders or neck a certian way. and my both arms feel weak, like heavy. as well as both hands are weak and cramp all the time.

I often feel like i am being choked. I don't know if it has to do with the muscles being so tight. as well as i have pain in my face, more like my chin, it is a burning feeling and sometimes my mouth tingles and it feels like its hard to talk, but everyone says im talking fine, I also have Jaw pain and i had an x ray at the dentist and he said it was fine, but x rays cant see muscles so maybe its sore from grinding my teeth. I had an mri of my brian and cranio cervical and they were fine. Now im just waiting for an mri for my cerivcal spine. Has anyone experienced this?? with the chocking feeling and face burning?
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replied January 11th, 2012
hi friend, i have the same symptoms as you but i fell on my neck and made all the symptoms worst. How is your MRI for cervical spine, i fully believe it is caused by our cervical spine and our neck muscle is weak and not able to support the weight of our head. Try neck exercise daily and let me know how it goes? It should be more painful at first but it will slowly disappear and you will feel more stable and less symptoms.
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replied June 5th, 2011
i have pretty much the same symptoms, when i keep my head still look side ways my eyes really hurt. im 17 and have had it since primary school. how does it go away?
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replied January 11th, 2012
Cervical Spine causing Issues from computer work
HI Guys, my symptoms are neck and shoulder pains/aches and tension. I do a lot of computer work and did not take care of my posture, this lead to degenerative spine and all the symptoms of being off balance, dizzy spells, eye tightness, muscle spasms, facial numbness. All hell broke loose when i fell in the bathroom and hit the back of head but extended my neck. i had extreme pains, dizziness, and neurological symptoms like muscle weakness and electric shokes and inbalance. now it is 3 months since the fall and i had my MRI on brain and cervical spine and came out as a C5/6 C6/7 mild disc bulge and mild spondlysis and small central annular tear at C5/6. So guys, only way to avoid this i believe is to see a bone doctor and get your MRI on the neck, especially for us computer users with long necks. the curve on my neck is straight instead of a S curve and forces huge pressure on the lower portion of my cervical spine. we need to built our neck muscle to support our heads and all the symptoms will disappear. still working on it till today.
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replied March 4th, 2012
I also have most of the symptoms most of you have. Mine started after an MVA, I have whiplash, I do have two disc bulges which seems to have started the symptoms. Nothing on my MRI's for Brain Disease or to explain the tightness at the base of the scull tough. Have also been advised could be Migrains causing the pins and needles/tingling in my face. 4 months after the MVA things are getting worse not better..
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replied March 15th, 2012
Neck tightness - dizziness - eye strain
I have all of the symptoms mentioned - three years. The neck strain, dizziness and eye strain are the worst and no doctor has helped. Mine started when I got hit in the head in a basketball game. I have had every test known to man - neck looks good - but a little out of alignment (Atlas). I noticed my pupils are now quite small when they used to be large. Anyone else have this change? Can't wear my glasses - except for reading (they make me more dizzy).

This site is the first where I have found others with similar symptoms. Not sure what to do - I have changed my diet to crazy healthy but nothing helps my main symptoms. Can building neck muscles really help? Really?!?!?!? I need some HELP!!!! Thanks!
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replied March 15th, 2012
My treating physician has started me on Endep, its an off label treatment for pain, so far I have a few side affects but nothing I can't live with its definitely better than all the pain. My eyes are also better, I'm not straining to see even with the glasses, the pins and needles are nearly gone, and the dizziness/light headed feeling has also nearly gone. I also take Panadol Osteo. Other meds he has tried me on have been Lyrica, Ibuprofen, Mersyndol and Endone.
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replied March 20th, 2012
So it all started around this time last year. I would get pretty bad tension-like headaches that would persist for weeks at a time, the worst lasting 3 months. In October 2011 it went away, and I was fine til January of this year. I woke up one day with a stiff neck/headache, and every day after that it worsened until i went to the ER feeling faint/dizzy/weak. Ever since the trip to the ER i have been experiencing a myriad of symptoms that no Doctor I see can explain. The consistent pressure/headache in my head is always present, accompanied by shadowy vision (24x7), occasional chest pain, fatigue (running up stairs causes shortness of breath), tinnitus and occasional numbness in my extremities.

X-rays, blood work, EKG were all normal. MRI revealed I have Paranasal Sinus Inflammatory Disease, but otherwise was normal. Would the sinus blockage cause all these symptoms? perhaps I am suffering from migraines + sinus infection? The symptoms seem too varied to be a specific disease/illness, but than what do I know.

Been taking a daily multi vitamin & b12. 27 years old, 6 ft tall 150 lbs. I also work at a computer 8-10 hours a day and have poor posture. Was very healthy up until this.
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replied April 5th, 2012
I have something similar to yours. You mentioned shortness of breath while running upstairs, i get shortness of breath talking continuously for a few minutes. I had upper jaw surgey two years ago. I suspect all these symptoms have to do with some kind of sinus problem. I have headaches sometimes and my eyes feel tight and really tired. I also had balance problems. Also had ringing in ears. Also had severe fatigue a few months ago. Also one of the strangest things was when I bent my head down it would trigger what felt to me like a nerve pinching behind my eyes/brain. Also had severe anxiety for no reason I can explain.
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