Miscellaneous Medical Causes Of Neck Pain That Might Mean You Can Stop Worrying About Something Worse
This section presents a comprehensive list of somewhat common medical problems that can cause neck pain . I’ll give you a quick idea of what they are and what distinguishes them. If you find anything on this list that seems awfully similar to your case, please bring the idea to your doctor like a dog with an interesting bone; and get a referral to a specialist if necessary.
Important! None of these are dangerous! Although some are quite unpleasant. Reading about medical problems on the Internet can easily freak us out,17 so the goal here is to identify possible causes of neck pain that are not so scary. If you can get a positive ID on one of these conditions, then you get to stop worrying about the threat of something worse.
Some skin problems on the neck can cause neck pain, but are usually obvious — most people will identify them as “skin problems on the neck” and not “a neck problem affecting the skin.” Herpes zoster is extremely painful but superficial, and a carbuncle … well, it’s just a super zit, basically. If you can’t diagnose that one on your own, I can’t help you!
Bornholm disease is a crazy viral disease with several other intimidating names.18 It feels like a vice-grip on the chest and lungs, is intensely painful, and sometimes also causes neck pain. If you feel like you can’t breathe, you should look into this. The infection is temporary. It’s an extremely unlikely diagnosis.
Temporal arteritis can cause neck pain as well as fierce headaches.
How Cervical Instability Can Cause Chronic Nausea The Relationship Between Nausea And The Neck
One of the most common symptoms that our patients with cervical instability complain of is nausea. In this video, Ross Hauser, MD gives an overview of the mechanisms by which cervical instability causes nausea. In our experience, when a person’s neck stability and curve are restored, the nausea is typically resolved. Of course, there are many reasons for nausea, but the primary focus of this presentation is the relationship between nausea and the neck.
See Your Doctor As Soon As Possible If You Experience Any Of These Troubling Symptoms
We all get headaches from time to time. They can be brought on by annoying but manageable reasons such as stress, dehydration or your menstrual cycle, or they could be the result of an ongoing medical issue, such as migraines.
But how can you tell when a headache is a symptom of an even more serious or life-threatening problem? Here are some signs to look for.
Why Does My Neck Pain Make Me Nauseous Nausea Causes Can Be Difficult To Pinpoint
As stated above, nausea can be caused by many problems. Nausea is sometimes a problem buried so deep in the patient’s medical issues that a great deal of work may be required to find NOT THE SOURCE of nausea, but THE SOURCES of their nausea.
Listen to what we have heard from patients, these are possible sources of nausea. Possibly your causes of nausea.
- Nausea from anti-inflammatory medications. A patient will tell us about their long history of anti-inflammatory medication usage and their need for other medicines to counteract the gastrointestinal distress these anti-inflammatories cause.
- Autonomic Dysautonomia. The patient is seeing us because they have been diagnosed with problems of the autonomic nervous system which include nausea and vomiting.
- They have, among other problems, a diagnosis of Cricopharyngeal Dysfunction where they have issues with their esophagus being able to take in food and this causes acid reflux and nausea.
- They have been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and this has lead to dizziness and the main culprit of their nausea. Which may or may not be true.
- The patient has been diagnosed with complications related to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
- The patient has been diagnosed with POTS and their nausea may be coming from their fainting attacks and irregular heartbeat.
- The patient has been diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome which is causing them problems of too much inflammation which is leading to symptoms of nausea and diarrhea.
Treating And Repairing Cervical Instability With Prolotherapy: Research Papers
Cervicogenic Dizziness: How To Know If Your Dizziness Is Coming From Your Neck
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Does it ever seem that when your neck hurts, you end up feeling dizzy as well? Or does it seem that certain movements or postures of the neck make you feel dizzy?
If so, it is possible that your neck is contributing to your dizziness. Studies have shown that dizziness can affect 20 to 30% of the population, and there are a lot of potential causes including disorders of the cardiovascular, neurological or vestibular systems.
Another potential cause is cervicogenic dizziness – imbalance or dizziness that arises from the neck. As a standalone cause of dizziness, cervicogenic dizziness is controversial. However, more research is being done in this area, furthering our understanding of how the body’s different systems interact.
We know that proprioceptive input from the neck helps coordinate eye movement, body posture and balance. Moreover, studies have shown that an anesthetic injection of the nerves in the upper neck can produce dizziness and nystagmus .
It has also been shown that electrical stimulation of the cervical muscles can induce the sensation of tilting or falling, so we can say we certainty that an anatomical connection exists.
How do I know whether I have cervicogenic dizziness?
A vestibular therapist may also evaluate your awareness and control of neck position and movement by having you wear a laser headlamp.
What should I do?
These Are Some Of The Tips That Will Help Us Alleviate Neck Pain And Nausea:
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Summary And Contact Us Can We Help You How Do I Know If Im A Good Candidate
We hope you found this article informative and it helped answer many of the questions you may have surrounding Nausea due to neck pain, neck stiffness, and neck instability. Just like you, we want to make sure you are a good fit for our clinic prior to accepting your case. While our mission is to help as many people with chronic pain as we can, sadly, we cannot accept all cases. We have a multi-step process so our team can really get to know you and your case to ensure that it sounds like you are a good fit for the unique testing and treatments that we offer here.
This article was updated May 25, 2021
What Is The Prognosis For Conditions That Cause Neck Pain And Dizziness
The prognosis, or outlook, for conditions that cause neck pain and dizziness depends on the specific condition causing the symptom. Because common causes of neck pain and dizziness are often benign, the prognosis for conditions that cause neck pain and dizziness is usually good. However, as listed above, many serious causes of neck pain and dizziness can have a worse prognosis or outlook.
Alternative Therapies For Treating Neck Pain Dizziness And Headaches
There is a new field of medicine called regenerative medicine, which uses a patient’s own cells to heal injuries or damage that has been done over time. CELLAXYS offers two types of treatments in the field:
- Stem Cell Therapy: this form of therapy begins with a sample of a patient’s stem cells. These most often come from blood cells, fat tissue, or bone marrow. Once the stem cells are extracted they are processed to become more concentrated. They are then reinjected into the site of pain. These cells contain properties that make them ideal for helping to heal an injury or degeneration.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: this form of therapy begins with a simple blood draw, which is then processed using centrifugal force. The purpose of the centrifuge is to separate platelets from other properties found in blood. Platelets contain proteins and healing factors that occur in the body’s natural healing process. They are injected into the injury site with the premise that an increased number of healing properties could speed up the body’s natural processes.
These therapies typically involve imaging techniques such as ultrasound or MRI in order to guide the needle to where it needs to go. These are outpatient procedures and typically don’t take longer than one or two hours. Some patients report feeling some pain at the injection site that usually goes away in a matter of days. Some patients report feeling almost instant pain relief from these treatments.
Addressing Cervical Spine Instability With Prolotherapy Injections:
We have published dozens of papers on Prolotherapy injections as a treatment in difficult to treat musculoskeletal disorders. Prolotherapy is an injection technique utilizing simple sugar or dextrose. We are going to refer to two of these studies as they relate to cervical instability and a myriad of related symptoms including problems of digestion and a sense of chronic nausea in relation to the brainstem. It should be pointed out that we suggest in our research that “Additional randomized clinical trials and more research into its use will be needed to verify its potential to reverse ligament laxity and correct the attendant cervical instability.” Our research documents our experience with our patients.
In 2014, we published a comprehensive review of the problems related to weakened damaged cervical neck ligaments in The Open Orthopaedics Journal. We are honored that this research has been used in at least 6 other medical research papers by different authors exploring our treatments and findings and cited, according to Google Scholar, in more than 40 articles.
Sharp Stabbing And Shooting Neck Pains Are Usually False Alarms
Sharp neck pain is not in itself a red flag. Believe it or not there is no common worrisome cause of neck pain that is indicated by a sharp quality. In fact, oddly, sharp pains are actually a bit reassuring, despite how they feel. In isolation — with no other obvious problem — they usually indicate that you just have a temporary, minor source of irritation in the cervical spine. Serious causes of neck pain like infections, tumours, and spinal cord problems tend to grind you down with throbbing pains, not “stab” you.
Sharp, shooting pains are mostly neurological false alarms about relatively trivial musculoskeletal troubles: your brain reacting over-protectively to real-but-trivial irritations in and around the spine. The brain takes these much more seriously than it really needs to, but evolution has honed us to be oversensitive in this way. That’s not to say that the brain is always over-reacting, but it usually is. Most of the time, a sharp pain is a warning you can ignore.
Nausea And Gastroparesis Caused By Cervical Spine Instability
In this video Ross Hauser, MD describes the problems and symptoms of nausea and gastroparesis caused by cervical spine instability.
Summary transcriptions and explanatory notes:
- We are seeing many nauseated patients.
- A lot of these patients have seen gastroenterologists, they have had endoscopy performed and the result have revealed nothing.
- Some of these patients will ultimately get a diagnosis of gastroparesis which simply means that their stomach is not working.
At 0:54 of this video, Dr. Hauser refers to Vagus nerve compression and how this could cause gastroparesis.
Conventional Treatments Of Neck Pain And Associated Symptoms
Treating neck pain often begins with simply taking over-the-counter painkillers and temporarily eliminating painful activities. Applying heat or cold to the area can help with pain management as well. It may also be recommended that a patient take anti-nausea or anti-dizziness medication. Like NSAIDs, these over the counter nausea treatments can be found in most drug and big box stores.
If the initial steps of treatment fail to reduce pain, there are other treatment options that doctors may recommend to alleviate symptoms. These include:
Many treatment options exist and can be used in combination based on a patient’s individual needs. There is one more important treatment option that should be considered, Regenerative Medicine.
Regenerative Medicine For Neck Pain And Associated Symptoms
The up-and-coming practice of Regenerative Medicine is using a patient’s own cells to amplify their body’s healing abilities. These forms of therapy work with cells that already exist in the body to help an injury or damage heal. There are two forms of Regenerative Medicine offered at CELLAXYS:
- Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy: this form of therapy begins with a sample of a patient’s mesenchymal stem cells. These most often come from fat tissue, or bone marrow. Once the stem cells are extracted, they are processed to become more concentrated. They are then reinjected into the site of pain. These cells contain properties that make them ideal for helping to heal an injury or degeneration. A scientific journal about MSC therapy can be found here.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: this form of therapy begins with a simple blood draw, which is then processed using centrifugal force. The purpose of the centrifuge is to separate platelets from other properties found in the blood. Platelets contain proteins and healing factors that occur in the body’s natural healing process. They are injected into the injury site with the premise that an increased number of healing properties could speed up the body’s natural processes. A scientific journal of PRP can be found here.
When making the decision on how to manage pain, it is important to be aware of all the options on the market. Regenerative Medicine could be a solution to chronic neck pain.
Neck Pain Symptoms That Require Immediate Medical Attention
Neck pain is not typically a cause for panic, as you can treat many symptoms with simple measures such as rest, stretching, ice/heat therapy, over-the-counter medications, and ergonomics. However, there are some instances of neck pain when you should seek medical attention immediately. Here are two:
Having a stiff neck and flu-like symptoms could be a sign of meningitis, a serious condition that occurs when the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord become infected and inflamed.
If your neck is stiff, and you also have a fever and/or an especially painful headache, you could have meningitis.
Meningitis, in its most dangerous form, is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. Early warning signs of meningitis may include a fever , an intense headache, and an inability to flex the neck forward. A stiff neck doesn’t always occur when meningitis is present, so look for other possible symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to sound or light.
Meningitis symptoms usually develop within a few days of exposure. Getting meningitis treated early is critical; delaying treatment poses a severe risk for hearing loss, brain damage, and even death.
Several More Specific Red Flags For Neck Pain: A Checklist
Check all that apply. Most people will not be able to check many of these, let alone all of them. But the more you can check, the more worthwhile it is to ask your doctor for some input. Most people who check off an item or two will turn out not to have an ominous health issue. But red flags are reasons to check… not reasons to worry.
What Are The Most Common Causes Of A Stiff Neck And Nausea
Most cases of a stiff neck and nausea are caused by stress and anxiety. When a person is under stress, he may slump or clench his shoulders while awake, and toss and turn or grind his teeth in his sleep — or be unable to sleep — all of which can lead to a stiff neck. If he then skips breakfast, or rushes through a fast food meal for lunch, he may experience nausea. Nervousness in general may cause him to be unable to eat, and he may then become nauseous soon afterward.
Drugs taken for any reason can cause an upset stomach, so if a person takes a drug to ease stress, anxiety, depression, or any other malady, it may cause nausea. Alcohol and excess caffeine, both of which people often seek out during times of stress, can cause an upset stomach and overactive nerves as well, which may lead to clenched shoulders and a stiff neck. Holding the head and neck in one position for a long period of time, as people do when slumped over a desk or computer, can also cause pain and stiffness.
The Importance Of Not Damaging The Vagus Nerve In Pylorus
I want to use a study not to debate the use of pylorus-preserving gastrectomy, which may be a needed and necessary procedure for people with cancer, but to demonstrate a “newfound awareness,” of the role of the vagus nerve in digestion and the importance of not damaging or removing the vagus nerve during this surgery.
Some of you reading this article may have been recommended to this type of surgery because you are considered a very complicated non-cancer case and you are not responding to traditional treatments for the digestive and gastrointestinal distress you are suffering from. This surgery will remove part of your stomach. Pylorus-preserving gastrectomy means that the surgeons will leave behind that portion of your stomach with the pyloric valve intact. If the pyloric valve is removed, the food in the stomach will move too quickly into the small intestine and cause another problem, post-gastrectomy syndrome.
An October 2020 study produced by gastrointestinal surgeons gave us this concern about nerve preservation:
“Function-preserving gastrectomy, especially pylorus-preserving gastrectomy, can improve the quality of life and has been widely recognized. With the development of surgical techniques and equipment, nerve preservation has become a new requirement in the era of “precision medicine”, but the preservation of the celiac branch of the vagal nerve remains controversial in gastric cancer surgery.
What is being said here?
Those functions outlined above include:
Conventional Treatment Of Neck Pain And Related Symptoms
The treatment process will be different for every patient depending on what the underlying cause is. Generally, pain is initially treated by recommending that a patient rest the area as much as possible. The period of rest may be accompanied by painkillers, over-the-counter or prescription, depending on the patient’s pain level and tolerance. If this initial treatment is unable to ease the symptoms, other practices may be put to use:
The amount of potential treatment options changes depending on what is causing the symptoms. Once a proper diagnosis is made, doctors can begin to formulate a plan for treatment that is unique to each patient.
How To Treat Neck Pain That Causes Nausea And Dizziness
Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.
You may be surprised to know that most headaches, despite what you feel when experiencing them, do not originate from your skull or brain.
The cause is often rooted in areas like your neck muscles, and the nerves along the scalp may make it feel like the pain is inside your head.
This connection between your neck and your nerves means that certain cervical ailments can manifest with dizziness, headaches, or nausea as well as neck pain.
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When To Seek Medical Care For Neck Pain And Dizziness
With any unexplained or persisting neck pain or dizziness, consult with a health care professional. This is essential to determine whether the symptoms are harmless and temporary or serious and threatening.
You can often manage common causes of harmless neck pain and dizziness — including neck strains, viral infections of the mouth and throat, and minor dehydration — with home remedies and rehydration. You can use over-the-counter analgesics, such as acetaminophen , rest, topical analgesics, and heat applications for minor pain.
Sinus Infection And Neck Pain: Is There A Correlation
People with allergies or chronic colds understand that sinus infections can be a real pain in the neck. Most cases of acute sinusitis get better on their own. Your doctor may recommend treatments to help relieve sinusitis symptoms, but acute sinusitis can cause potentially dangerous complications. Read on if you’re wondering if sinus infections can cause neck pain.
The Benefits Of Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic
Upper cervical chiropractic is a specific form of chiropractic care that focuses on the top two bones in the neck. When these bones move out of proper alignment, it can affect brainstem function, blood flow to the head, ear function, spine health, and more. It can lead to a number of neurological and vestibular health ailments that may have neck pain and nausea as symptoms.
Therefore, if you are dealing with neck pain, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, you should seek out the assistance of an upper cervical chiropractor. What can you expect from this specific form of chiropractic?
- Precise – X-rays help the upper cervical chiropractor to pinpoint even the tiniest of misalignments. Fractions of a millimeter can make a difference in this sensitive region of the body. Precise calculations help the practitioner provide a unique adjustment for each patient.
- Gentle – Because upper cervical adjustments are exact, they can also be performed in a gentle manner. There is no popping or twisting of the neck. This makes it safe for patients of all health levels and ages.
If you are living with chronic neck pain and nausea, then this may be the natural solution for you. To learn more, contact a practitioner in your local area and schedule an appointment. It may be your first step on the path to improved health and overall wellbeing.
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