Dizziness after over head work

by Julie Williams
(Poughkeepsie, NY)

I have had three levels fused in my neck, c4-c5, c5-c6, c6-c7. That was in the early 2000s. Lately, in the past few years, I have had issues that seemingly get worse.

If I do work with my arms over my head, that night I begin to get dizzy, and then for instance, this morning, I was so dizzy I was nauseous. I took a muscle relaxant and it started to resolve, but all the muscles at my shoulder and lower neck are HOT. What can I do for this?

Hello Julie,
This is complex and what's needed is a thorough examination to determine where the problem is.

It's possible that the dizziness is nothing to do with your neck, but you have a condition called vertigo. Use the search engine at Chiropractic Help to find BPPV. It's an inner ear problem, often provoked by looking up, which you would do when working with your arms above your head.

Then, the artery to the balance area of the brain travels up through the cervical spine; it may be affected in your neck, and hence the dizziness.

You say the muscles in your neck are hot; do you mean literally warm, or painful?

Does looking up, and especially then turning to the side, but keeping your arms at your side provoke the dizziness?

I would recommend a visit to a neurologist to start with. Let me know how you get on.

Dr B

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