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Strange upper neck/base of skull sensations

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 7, 2007
  • 04:37 PM

Hi, I recently posted my symptoms under the wrong section so I don't think anyone read my original message

Here goes again and if anyone out can help at all I would really appreciate it.

I'm a 39 year old female with no previous health concerns other than minor things now and again. However, I've been experiencing some very strange neck/base of skull sensations for almost 2 mos now. They seemed to occur right after I had a bout with a flu bug (eg. was feeling tired, headachy, body aches) but I got over it. Afterwards I had some terrible bouts with anxiety and panic attacks (I've suffered from this in the past but not like this) but I don't know if this is related. My anxiety became so bad that I was put on a low dose of ativan to be taken as needed.

These are my symptoms- the base of my skull and upper neck suddenly feels strange (not really numb or tingly but weird ) with no pain and I immediately start to feel weak, tired and sometimes my ears feel clogged and my tongue and lips will tingle along with crawling sensations down my arms and into my baby and ring fingers. This completely happens out of the blue so I can never pinpoint a cause. It doesn't last very long either and usually occurs once or twice a day.

My gp told me it was anxiety and 2 other physicians also dismissed this as anxiety. My chiropractor told me that this does not sound like anxiety so I had a neck x-ray done and found out that I have straightening of the normal cervical lordosis. I saw the x-ray and there is virtually no curve whatsoever. My chiro believes that this condition along with poor posture are the root of my problem. I also had my thyroid checked (normal), had a bunch of blood work done (no diabetes, everything normal). No heart problems either. I do suffer from severe degenerative disc disease with some stenosis and arthritis in my lower back.

I'm going for a CT scan so that my chiropractor can look at the soft tissue. In the meantime I'm totally stressed out. Anyone ever hear of anything like this or have any words of advice?

Thanks, K

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  • MRI's are for soft tissue. Cat Scans are for bone and organ.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • These are my symptoms- the base of my skull and upper neck suddenly feels strange (not really numb or tingly but weird ) with no pain and I immediately start to feel weak, tired and sometimes my ears feel clogged and my tongue and lips will tingle along with crawling sensations down my arms and into my baby and ring fingers. This completely happens out of the blue so I can never pinpoint a cause. It doesn't last very long either and usually occurs once or twice a day.Anyone ever hear of anything like this or have any words of advice?Thanks, KI have some of these symptoms- do you feel out of breath with these sudden attacks and your heart pounding or burning in chest and heart area? If yes is worth checking for GERD and your gastro stuff. I was told it was an anxiety attack.After i had my appendix taken out for this also it didn't stop and they said i should just take it easy, it was anxiety. I could not explain at all how i felt, cause i wasn't in pain or anything. I just felt not with it, very tired and indifferent.But i've had once an anxiety attack and i new that's not it. About twice a day, ususally after eating i started to feel tired and slowly it lead to my anxiety attack.I went to another doctor.Started drinking gastro medicine and it cured all symptoms withing 20 minutes.The burning went to my stomach(lung and heart uneasyness went away) and i "just missed my anxiety attack" :o) So i think it's worth checking for you too.No harm done if u do..http://www.medicinenet.com/gastroesophageal_reflux_disease_gerd/page3.htmts.antova @ gmail.comwrite to me if you feel there are more things you need to ask me...
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  • Yes, you could have some nerve impingement from poor posture and a curveless C-Spine. There are some simple exercises you can do to get the curve back. The only one I know offhand is to lay on the floor face down and arms straight out, and slowly raise opposite arm and legs. Or just one limb at a time. These are very subtle movements. Don't hurt yourself.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • MRI's are for soft tissue. Cat Scans are for bone and organ.I had a Cat Scan done to check the soft tissue in my neck. Had it done with contrast. It can scan more than bone & organ.
    FireDiva 15 Replies Flag this Response
  • A computed tomography (CT) scanner uses X-rays, a type of ionizing radiation, to acquire its images, making it a good tool for examining tissue composed of elements of a relatively higher atomic number than the tissue surrounding them, such as bone and calcifications (calcium based) within the body (carbon based flesh), or of structures (vessels, bowel). MRI, on the other hand, uses non-ionizing radio frequency (RF) signals to acquire its images and is best suited for non-calcified tissue.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 10:48 AM
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  • A computed tomography (CT) scanner uses X-rays, a type of ionizing radiation, to acquire its images, making it a good tool for examining tissue composed of elements of a relatively higher atomic number than the tissue surrounding them, such as bone and calcifications (calcium based) within the body (carbon based flesh), or of structures (vessels, bowel). MRI, on the other hand, uses non-ionizing radio frequency (RF) signals to acquire its images and is best suited for non-calcified tissue.And all that is exactly right. What I got from your original post was that *Only* MRI's can scan soft tissue and that is not true. MRI's are best suited for non-calcified tissue as stated above, but not the only thing that can scan it. Just like medications, these instruments can be used for more than one purpose.And its up to the physicians how their used.
    FireDiva 15 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 05:11 PM
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  • A computed tomography (CT) scanner uses X-rays, a type of ionizing radiation, to acquire its images, making it a good tool for examining tissue composed of elements of a relatively higher atomic number than the tissue surrounding them, such as bone and calcifications (calcium based) within the body (carbon based flesh), or of structures (vessels, bowel). MRI, on the other hand, uses non-ionizing radio frequency (RF) signals to acquire its images and is best suited for non-calcified tissue.And that is all correct. What I got from your original post was that CT scans are for bone & organ and MRI's can only scan soft tissue. And that is incorrect. MRI's are best suited for non-calcified tissue as stated above but is not the only thing that can scan it.
    FireDiva 15 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 08:09 PM
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  • And that is all correct. What I got from your original post was that CT scans are for bone & organ and MRI's can only scan soft tissue. And that is incorrect. MRI's are best suited for non-calcified tissue as stated above but is not the only thing that can scan it.Sorry about the double post! When it didn't show up 5 or so hours after I posted it, I obviously posted it again, thinking I did something wrong trying to post it!:oTo the OP, good luck to you finding out what is wrong. I had something similar happen to me years ago but that turned out to be a pinched nerve. Sorry I'm not much help to you. Keep us posted!
    FireDiva 15 Replies
    • August 11, 2007
    • 00:29 AM
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