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lovesmygizmo posted:
With the pain in my lower pain moving to other places,my hips,down both legs could this make me off balance i have always been a little off balance anyway but now when i walk its like im drunk (and i dont drink) just walking from my apt to my car is a challange i cant even stay on the walkway i always end up on th grass and this is like a common thing now doesnt matter where i am a store, at home...its getting really bad...it has even affected my driving some, i cant ever seem to stay in my lane i really cant stop driving i have no one to take me to my dr appts, i mean yeah if it gets to the point where i am putting others in danger i will have to stop but right now with the driving its not nearly as bad as with walking, i just have to stay extra alert I think i mentioned in my first post that i also have pretty much the same problem in my neck as i do in my back and migraines that have proved untreatable so far up until about oct of last year was seeing a neuro for them he tried everything some things works for awhile then stopped then when botox got approved as a treatment he sent in the papers for my insurance to approve it but i guess they didnt cause i havent heard from them i no longer see him,no reason to nothing else he can do, in a typical week i get 2 to 4 migraines anyway could any or all of this cause me to be so off balance and it just starting getting real bad in the last couple of weeks i have been to a ENT he said it was my meds, at the time i was on a lot of meds just meds for bipolar.....thia is just very frustrating everytime i turn around its something else going wrong or a new pain...tomorrow is my first visit for the aquatic therapy im really hoping and praying it helps


One more thing i was looking at what they have down as my dx and it says.... cervical spondylosis, lumbar spondylosis,and degeneration of lumbar intervertebral disc....does any have any clue as to what that means i tried looking it up but still dont really understand i would appriciate any info on it thank

sorry post was so long

wendy
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bj1208 responded:
hi wendy - well here's some suggestions and what I see may be happening -

depending on what types of meds you are on they can make you off balance - so what I would do is buy a cane!!!! I use one and it makes all the difference -

BUT most important because you are also having migraines I would go to your primary care physician and discuss this with him/her - you could have an inner ear problem causing your equilibrium to be off - I know I had walking pneumonia one time (didn't know I had it) and had an inner ear infections in both ears (didn't know it) and the doc asked how I even drove to the appointment let alone to work etc. so there could be other issues that may be causing this - starting with your primary care doc is the best place - he/she will get you in the right direction.

here are some sites that will help explain your dx - you can also look up just about anything on these sites - these are ones that I have entrusted for several years -

http://www.chirogeek.com/

http://www.adriaanliebenberg.co.za/tests/terminology-for-ct-scans-and-mri-scans-lumbar-region.html

please check into the items above - keep us posted as to what you find out - hopefully it's sometime real simple - take care - Joy
 
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Nomaan Ashraf, MD, MBA responded:
Wendy,
What you are describing definitely merits immediate attention. There are a variety of things which may be causing your dizziness including your medications. You should also make sure that there is no compression of your spinal cord in the cervical or thoracic spine which can give you myelopathy--one of the common symptoms of myelopathy is difficulty with gait and balance. You should definitely have a complete physical evaluation by a spine specialist and likely will need MRIs of the cervical spine and maybe the thoracic spine. If your symptoms are not spine related a thorough evaluation and examination by a good neurologist is necessary.
Good luck and I hope you feel better
 
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kattgyrl replied to Nomaan Ashraf, MD, MBA's response:
Got my MRI report but could someone please translate it into English for me? :: STRAIGHTENING OF NORMAL LORDOTIC CURVATURE. C3-4 LEVEL, 1.5MM OF CENTRAL POSTERIOR DISC PROTRUSION, INDENTING THE ANTERIOR ASPECT OF THE THECAL SAC. C4-5 LEVEL, 1.5MM OF CENTRAL POSTERIOR DISC PROTRUSION, INDENTING THE ANTERIOR ASPECT OF THE THECAL SAC. C5-6 LEVEL, BROAD. BASED ASYMMETRIC POSTERIOR DISC PROTRUSION AT MAXIMUM ON RIGHT SIDE MEASURES 2MM, CAUSING PRESSURE OVER THE ANTERIOR THECAL SAC.
 
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Chris_WebMD_Staff replied to kattgyrl's response:
Hi Kattgyrl, welcome!

No one can diagnose here or anywhere over the internet.
Please ask your doctor to translate this for you. Call the office.
Let us know how you are doing.
Chrissy~ WebMD Staff Confucius Say; Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
 
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davedsel57 replied to Chris_WebMD_Staff's response:
Hello.

Chris gave you good advice to talk to your doctor.

In the meantime, Chirogeek.com has an excellent page that helps to understand MRI and CT scan results here: http://www.chirogeek.com/003_CT-Axial_Tutorial.htm

You can read through the tips at the top of this community. One gives good sites for researching spinal conditions, and the other gives recommended steps for diagnosing and treating back pain.
Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story. Blessings, -Dave


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