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Clicking in neck and lightheadedness

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-Clicking in my neck when I turn left
-Lightheadedness (sometimes less than a second, sometimes up to a few hours)
-Excruciating pain in the neck

-When lifting heavy stuff
-When having a bad sitting postures. (Computers)
-Sleep on neck support pillows.
-over eating

Gets better:
-Aerobics >20 min
-Whole back and neck stretching
-Drinking coffee

Examinations and tests:
- CT Normal
- MRI could not handle - Clustrophobic
- Blood Tests Normal
- Holter Monitor: Shows some abnormalities
- ECG Normal
- X-Ray (Chest / neck) normal

Treatments used:
-Modern Medicine (My beloved doctors only suggested that i take BP pills, when I was 138 / 89. I stopped taking them and I'm 125/80 now.)
-TCM (Acupuncture and Herbs): Makes the pain go away for a month and brings the BP down. but again, it comes back. Sessions include: T.E.N.S, Massage, Neck traction, needles.

Please tel me what to do to CURE the pain for good.


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replied December 8th, 2009
Anxiety and Stress Answer A8324

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding the severe pain in neck and lightheadedness. Pain in the back of the head and neck is often referred to as a cervicogenic (meaning: from the neck) because it often originates from an irritation in the upper cervical (neck) spine. Usually this kind of pain is worse with prolonged sitting in a stooped posture as when working on a keyboard for long hours. To e it seems that these symptoms are due to cervical spondolysis. It can cause compression of the nerves and hence pain and lightheadedness.

I sincerely advise you to get CT/MRI neck and upper spine done and consult a neurologist and discuss this problem with him. Also it is essential that you correct any posture imbalances that you may have, whether in a sitting posture or in a standing posture. It is also very important to make sure that the pillow you use under your head is the correct size and thickness for your body. Avoid stretching of shoulders and apply warm compresses on the part. More severe cases may need steroid injections.

Rare causes of pain at this area include Brain aneurysms, cervical arthritis, brain tumors, brain infection (seems less likely), stroke or TIA(transient ischemic attack). Please get a CT back of head and neck or MRI neck to find out the confirmatory diagnosis.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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