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April 25th, 2013
After reading all these comments I think that i am suffering from Anxiety. My neck and shoulders are very tense and i feel off balance all the time. Like the muscles are pulling my head to one side or the other. I had got whiplash from a car accident in '95, and I feel that, it adds to the issue. Maybe a pinched nerve? I hope that i can de-stress soon and get rid of this. It hasn't been this bad in a long time. A comment above said that he was tested for Labrynthitis. I did have that one time, in '01, but haven't since. I know one thing for sure, this is quite annoying! grrr....
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replied May 23rd, 2013
I think most of you writing these posts about neck strain/stress and dizziness might benefit from reflexology. It does de-stress the whole body - its not just for relaxation as it also tries to rebalance the whole body and some people have had relief from inner ear imbalance which usually proves difficult by ordinary means. Definitely helps anxiety for sure. Good at helping tightness in muscles. Might need a few treatments but worth it. Also simply changing pillows might help.
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replied July 28th, 2013
A tight neck constricts blood flow and proper posture and movement, sometimes leading to dizziness. Sometimes my neck is so tight it feels like a piece of concrete. Having mostly recovered from a repetitive strain injury 10 years ago, I have some causes and suggestions for relief. Common Causes: continuous hunched posture to work on computer or at desk tightens trapezius muscles and others. Other continuous twisted or tilted posture such as tilting head up to read with bottom of bifocals. Non ergonomic tables and chairs, leading to working with arms outstretched or bending neck. Clenching jaw from stress.
Relief: Regular massage therapy!! Learning to massage your own neck. Apply heat or ice with neck wrap pillow. Yoga position lying on floor with rolled towel under neck. Gentle neck exercises (see stiff neck relief). Chewing gum while driving (prevents clenching). Ibuprofen or other anti inflammatory. Learn neutral positioning at physical therapy and make sure to use it often. Swim or stretch regularly to maintain full range of motion and flexibility. Take regular short breaks from computer to stretch and change position.

Hope this helps!!
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replied September 15th, 2013
5 months later... a possible suggestion osteopathic manipulative
this is my second go-round with this. had it once before, had spine surgery. helped with the pain and dizziness. but 1 year later, dizziness returned. i've been to chiro, neuro, gp, ENT, balance, accupuncture, orthoped. No luck. still feel like i'm standing on a moving dock. and i' hate sailing. can't do much but sleep. lying down is ok, but once i'm moving, it's awful. had it for the last 5 months, every day is worse.

Took meds up the wazoo. muscle relaxers, pain meds, etc etc. you've all been there.

Finally a new neuro thought i might have sternocleidomastoid mucscle problems. those are the muscles on the sides/front of your neck. when they aren't moving correctly or are not stretched, and they clamp down, causes that horrible rocking vertigo. foggy brain. tiredness. headaches. tingling in hands. persistent cough. all from infringing on the nerves in your neck.

so i'm going to try a osteopath who practices manipulative therapy. no more drugs that make me dizzier. we'll see how it goes.
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replied October 12th, 2013
You might be suffering from Lyme disease. Google the symptoms. Stiff neck, vertigo, foggy brain, fatigue, tingling in the extremities, and headaches are all classic symptoms. The coughing might be a symptom of a bartonella infection (which is a common co-infection associated with Lyme). To be tested for Lyme disease, you can ask your doctor to order a Western blot blood test (the most accurate/sensitive tests are done through Igenex labs in Palo Alto, CA). Check out ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease Society) for more info
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replied October 22nd, 2013
I wanted to share my story wit you all, I too have suffered from the same symptoms, for a majority of my life. I also had all the tests and scans and the Doctors could not find a reason, but a Physician Assistant was checking me over and noticed my neck vertebrates were miss aligned, he did a light alignment on my neck and the symptoms were gone. He told me that my c1 and c2 were out bad and I should go to a chiropractor, I took his recommendation and now I still have episodes but they are fewer and not as strong as before, this was two years ago. My neck mussels would tense up so bad that they would pull on c1 and c2 giving me the symptoms of rocking on a a boat,

go to a chiropractor it works.
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replied October 22nd, 2013
Massage Therapy
Guys!! Try getting massage therapy if you are experiencing tight muscles. Massage therapists are trained to release chronically tight muscles. If you are at your wit's end with doctors and their experiments on you because they're unsure of what is going on... try massage therapy.
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replied January 16th, 2014
I never post on these sites, but I had to after happening upon this thread. Anyone who is posting about neck/shoulder tightness, ear problems, jaw problems, feeling your head pulling to the side- you need to look into cervical dystonia. I was diagnosed a few months ago after months of issues. My case, based purely on appearances, is very mild. When you look up cervical dystonia, or spasmodic torticollis, you'll see pictures of people with their necks contorted into really abnormal postures. That's not necessarily the case, though. I never would have known I had dystonia if not for a very skilled neurologist who noticed a very subtle head tilt. Basically, the dystonia is caused by a dysfuntion in the part of the brain that controls how your muscles work. I especially feel that the person who posted about having whiplash should look into seeing a neurologist. It's really confusing because these physical symptoms can cause anxiety, and then it becomes really hard to determine which came first. I was diagnosed with dystonia and after months of pain was overcome with anxiety, which just magnifies all of the physical issues. I, too, deal with this lump in the throat thing. Awful!!!
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replied March 29th, 2014
Joan, I have all these symptoms and I think it originates in the inner ear try antihistamines
I used them before and forgot about them I am going to try them again.Will let you know how I make out.
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replied June 12th, 2014
Stress anxiety and muscle tension. Disconcerting as heck but not medically serious.
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replied July 10th, 2014
I hope this post is still active because i want to share my nightmare. First off i want to say that i'm sorry that you are experiencing this, i know how frustrating it is to know that something is wrong with u and not being able to find any help. So here's my situation:

Symptoms:
-off balance feeling (rocking on a boat)
-heavy head feeling (bobble head)
-eyes cant focus
-constant air pressure (no pain) at base of skull
- constant popping, clicking and of neck and upper back with slightest move, even just inhaling.
-crackling sounds radiating from base of skull
-scratching sound when i move my head to look to the left coming from the base of skull.
-constant small muscle twitches throughout the body
-recently my lower legs and feet have been hurting, cant stand for long hours.


Besides all that i consider myself to be fairly healthy and in good shape. I'm 27 (115lbs) and pretty active. I went snowboarding about a week before all this but no major falls so I'm not too sure how i became like this. I feel the best when i'm laying down.

Doctors and test:
-Ear Nose and throat: normal
-Allergist:
>allergy test: mild reaction to mosquitos only

-2 neurologist:
> MRI of head, EEG (brain scan)
DX: tension headache from straight neck
>went to physical therapy for 4 weeks, no improvement.

-2 NUCCA chiropractors:
>numerous x-rays of neck
DX: misaligned atlas
> Atlas adjustments for 6 months, help very little but overall not very much improvement.

-Internist:
>MRI of neck: nothing major just mild bulging disc and mild degenerative disc disease and straight neck but nothing related to my symptoms. Also said, "I should cut my hair so my head wont feel so heavy."!!!! And said I should work out.

Sometime I feel that i'm going crazy, not sure what to do next but i know i cant give up. I'm tired of people and doctors telling me it's stress when it's not. I don't have anxiety or depression problems but this here is making me feel depressed. I refuse to take medication and i'm fed up with these useless doctors trying to put me on pain or antidepressant medications instead of giving me a proper DX. Please continue to post here.
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replied August 19th, 2014
Hi Laila,

I too have the same symptons that you have, suffering since 5 years. it is like episodes coming and going. But having this constantly now a days, can't able to work and concentrate.

Looking for good doctor who can cure

you are from which country and location

pls help me if you have solution for this
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replied January 3rd, 2015
a bulge is a bulge! you don't know what nerves they are hitting, i would absolutely say that could be the cause of your problems. do you know what levels were bulging?
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replied November 3rd, 2014
Dizziness and Neck Tension
I seem to share your symptoms too. My problems started after a fateful neck manipulation at the chiropractor I'd been seeing for 15 years. The dizziness started a couple of weeks later. I now fear going along the street as crowded areas make me feel worse. The symptoms are worsened when I am tense/anxious and my neck muscles (on either side) are like steel. Sometimes I also get facial numbness on the left. I can't work out and spend each day going over these symptoms to try and find a solution. Quality of life - Poor.

CT scan normal, MRI of head also normal. Bloods normal.

This is what I am trying:

Tai chi/Qi Kong for relaxation (DVDs about to arrive)
Pranic Healing (look it up if you haven't heard of it)
Gentle Yoga
McTimoney Chiropractor (misaligned C1 & C2)

I will let you know how I get on.
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replied December 18th, 2014
I totally understand
I am so glad to see I am not he only one dealing with this. I have been to 2 doctors and they put me on nasal steroids for a year with minimal results but then started having nose bleeds from the steroids. They basically came up with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and allergies. However, something just did not feel right.

I went to a chiropractor and had some xrays done. The xrays showed the top 2 vertebrae out of alignment. He worked on me twice a week for one month and the world was perfect. However, I was unable to continue the treatments due to cash flow problems. I can only go twice a month and the symptoms returned after 2 weeks of not having bi weekly treatments. I am FIRMLY convinced the problem is with my sleeping habits and and posture along with all the work I do on a computer.

My next step is to try to change my workstation, get new glasses since I wear bifocals, and work on my posture the best I can. It is hard to change a lifetime of habits but I must do something. I would be interested in hearing anyone who may have any solutons in this area especially with sleep fixes and workstation fixes for this problem
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replied March 26th, 2015
So glad to see this site/discussion thread as all of my symptoms are in here - 'walking on a boat' feeling permanently, 'heavy head/bobble head', a silly little cough, and the neck/shoulder pain. I thought the vertigo came on after a week sleeping badly where my neck kept hurting in the mornings, then I woke up one morning with sudden vertigo/vomiting etc which has subsided but not gone. I've been looking on the Web since seeing 3 GPs who still don't know what's wrong with me - booked for MRI in 2 weeks if still not good. Like several others, I suspect posture on computer all day at work, perhaps also bifocals (screwing neck up - pinching nerves? - to see through bottom of lenses). Neuro-physio with skull manipulaion gave temporary relief, neurokinetics on whole body plus shoulder/neck almost made it go 100% yesterday, but returned again after a very bad night where I couldn't get my neck comfortable.
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replied December 29th, 2014
Balance problem
I have been experiencing these symptoms since last 4 months
feeling off balance, as if the floor is moving up or down or tilting to one side
stiffness and neck pain
back pain upper portion
head ache
weakness in hands and legs
sudden movments of limbs and neck
I have seen several neurologists and ENT doctors have down MRI and CT of brain and X-ray of Neck, blood work all came out to be normal.
Doctors term it as anxiety but I am not anxious or depressed just dont know what to do
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replied January 16th, 2015
Neck could be the issue
I don't typically post on sites like this, but I can feel the frustration each of you are feeling. I, too, am suffering from many of the symptoms listed in these posts. I have been through all of the same tests: CT, MRI went to ENT, treated for sinus issues and tinnitus, given Meclizine for dizziness, etc. Nothing has helped. My doctor sent me to therapy for the Vertigo symptoms and the therapist did help me rid the dizziness issues, but not the feeling of being 'off', feeling like falling, clenching when driving and getting nauseous. I've been doing the exercises for Vestibular Balance Disorder that she recently diagnosed based on tests she gave me. They cause headaches and more nauseous feelings, but she said this will happen to start. Today she said she wanted to focus on my neck because I also have terrible ear pain when the symtoms are worsening. It felt amazing! She got rid of the headache I had this morning and told me I am very stressed and tight in the neck and she believes this is a big factor in all of these issues. She gave me stretch exercises and posture exercises to work on. On top of the VB exercises I'm hoping this helps. I have gone for relexology before and do feel amazing after this, so I may do that again as well. But, definitely have your neck looked at for these symptoms. If you have tightness in your neck or shoulders, this could be a huge factor in all of this.
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replied February 5th, 2015
Hi everyone, my name is Sam. I live in northwest Arkansas. I am a 29 year old male. I am healthy, active, and fairly sociable, or at least I was. For the past year and a half I've had really bad tightness and pain on the left side of my neck (occasionally it switches over to the right side, but mainly left) down into my shoulder. I feel like I have a weak grip, my balance is terrible, and I feel fatigued and anxious almost all the time. I've looked into cervical misalignment as a possible culprit, but there are no real upper cervical docs here in my area. (There is actually one that I went to but he seemed kinda sketchy and didn't take insurance). I've had a cervical and cranial MRI and all show that things are "normal", but I know they are not. It feels like the nerves/muscles in my neck are inflamed, and when I move my head side to side I can feel grating/crackling right below my skull. My neck doesn't ever "pop" like it used to either. All these symptoms happened so sporadically that I can't help but to feel like it is something physical. Also, when I went to get a massage the other day my masseuse noticed that I was naturally tilting my head to the left and had to put a cranial holder under my head to keep me straight. When she tried some neck excercises I felt extremely dizzy. I've also had a balance test done at my MD and failed it miserably (I basically have the balance of a 90 year old). I've quit drinking, smoking, been trying to improve sleep habits. Nothing is working. So frustrated.
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replied March 16th, 2015
this might help
Look into your SCM Muscle, It'a muscle in your neck that can be going you trouble. I am going to PT for it but I also heard that dry needling can help as well.
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replied April 16th, 2015
I made an account just for this thread. I have the EXACT same symptoms as many people here. Neck tight and tense shoulders, headaches, dizzy/drunk on a boat feeling. Upper back pain, tinnitus, also eye strain but that might be something else. My neck makes crunching noises. Also running to different docters. Now I have tingling in my hands too. My ENT said my muscles were very tense. I try massaging myself and streatching but it doesn't really help. Anyone found relief and how?
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replied May 17th, 2015
I have faced this hell and somewhat got rid of it for a period of 2 yrs but it has returned, dizziness and sour neck muscles. Sometimes solution is in our hand we run to doctors who even does not know the treatment. No Mri or xray will find this.. Everything will be Normal but the reality about diziness does not change. But came across a page in which the third option is the best solution you can have. I have been a fan of acupuncture therapy and i got the solution in this page. Try it just after reading.. Stay alone while doing it and also have self believe that this thereapy is brining the change... U will find peace my friends.
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replied May 28th, 2015
please read
Hi All
I had the same problem for a year and a half -always dizzy and tight neck and shoulder until I saw a chiropractor - he told me that my structure was completely off and he corrected the head and neck. After a year and a half thinking something really bad was going on (Had ct scans and all kind of tests) he cured it in 3 visits - please try it as it might be just that
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replied May 28th, 2015
Hi All
I had the same problem for a year and a half -always dizzy and tight neck and shoulder until I saw a chiropractor - he told me that my structure was completely off and he corrected the head and neck. After a year and a half thinking something really bad was going on (Had ct scans and all kind of tests) he cured it in 3 visits - please try it as it might be just that
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replied June 1st, 2015
I have been dealing with identical symptoms for 2 and a half years. The off balance feeling is the absolute worst thing I've ever experienced. I've had all of the tests and scans and all have been normal. I've had anxiety and panic attacks occasionally since I was 17, I'm now 34. I am not consistently off balance as some days are horrible and some days are better but never great. My days start off horrible then by evening I always feel a little better, after I've spent the entire day doing neck stretches, moist heat, and massage on my neck, shoulders, and jaw (I have tmj and I've been through very expensive bite splint therapy.)
Along with bite splint therapy I have spent thousands of dollars on massage therapists and chiropractors. Certain massages help some but it never lasts. I sleep in the best position possible and I've done so much research on these issues that sometimes I know more than some of the doctors I've seen. My eaustation tube are never fully open and when I work extensively on the many knots and trigger points in my head, neck, and jaw, my ears pop and open up and I feel noticeably better but it's never lasting. I clench my jaws at night and my entire life has become a vicious cycle of trying to achieve some sense of normalcy throughout the day then waking up miserable again every morning.
My tmj dentist swears that I have so many pent up emotions from a lot of negative experiences that I will never feel better if I don't speak to a therapist and get them out. I haven't gone yet because I desperately hate being emotional in front of people. I also saw an acupuncturist for a few months once a week and saw some improvements. I think there is definitely something to the pent up emotion issue in my case. I have several traumatic events I haven't dealt with and I carry all of my stress in my jaw and shoulders. If you think you have unresolved emotional issues, that may be worth exploring.
Please keep posting here, it's nice to know I'm not alone.
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