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Strange symptoms - cervical-related??

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  • Posted By: iwantmylifeback
  • October 4, 2008
  • 09:24 PM

Hi everyone

I'm not all that good with "intros" but I'll do my best to explain what is going on with me.

I have Tourette's Syndrome with head/neck jerking, noises, cursing, etc. I've had this condition since I was a small child and it has only gotten worse as I have gotten older (I'm 45 now - and male).

I was also in an automobile accident 3 years ago in which my head slammed very hard into the windshield. This, in addition to my head/neck jerks lead me to have an MRI (in fact I've had several). The findings were that I had compressed, "leaking" and herniated vertebrae.

My symptoms throughout all of the head/neck jerking have only gotten worse as well. From time to time I will ***k my head with such force that I can feel an electric "jolt" go down my spine and my head will feel really foggy/dazed for days afterwards along with tons of anxiety (I suffer from anxiety/panic attacks too).

About a week ago, I had several such head/neck jerks throughout the day as well as this tic I have where I "scissor" my lower jaw back and forth with quite a bit of force while making noises and cursing. As a result of all this, I'm guessing a nerve (or nerves) got pinched somewhere and for several days I experienced tremors and muscle twitches in my lower jaw and lip. (very scary!). Also, ever since that day, my brain/mind feels spacey, dazed, soupy, foggy, syrupy, zombie-ish, lots of anxiety, nervousness, fatigue, some light-headedness, insomnia/early wakening, etc. Finally, it felt for at least 3-4 days like I was breathing underwater and at one point I had a hot, shooting sensation travel down the back of my left leg.

I'm just wondering if anyone here can relate to any of this or if anyone here has every experienced any of these same (or similar) symptom as a result of cervical nerve impingement, etc. I really could use a friend right now because this is scaring me and I need some reassurance.

A few details about me...

I have a history of anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, depression (but I don't currently feel depressed), Tourettes (with head/neck jerking) and lots of allergies. I'm also a reformed alcoholic. I am 45/male non-drinker/non-smoker but did used to drink/smoke.

I have been taking Ativan for many years for the anxiety/panic attacks.

I guess that's about it for now.

Thanks so much, Steve

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  • Have you ever looked in to getting a deep brain stimulator? As a rule, very few doctors were putting these in, but I think it may be easier to find someone now to do it. If you are unfamiliar with the device, it is much like an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator, only instead of correcting a problem that occurs in the heart, the electrode is placed in the brain. There are mixed feelings about the treatment, but it sounds like you might be a good candidate. Here is an abstract from an article I found: Current Opinion in Neurology (CURR OPIN NEUROL), 2007 Aug; 20(4): 470-6 (108 ref)PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Various movement disorders are now treated with stereotactic procedures, particularly deep brain stimulation. We review the neurosurgical treatment of dystonias and tics, focusing mainly on the surgical aspects and outcome of deep brain stimulation. RECENT FINDINGS: Pallidal stimulation is nowadays the mainstay surgical treatment for patients with dystonia, particularly generalized dystonia. Various well designed recent clinical trials support the efficacy of the procedure. Improvements of 40-80% have been reported in primary generalized, segmental and cervical dystonia. For secondary dystonia, a similar outcome has been described in patients with tardive dystonia and pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration. In patients with Tourette's syndrome, the results of the first trials with thalamic and pallidal deep brain stimulation have been very promising. Improvements of 70-90% in the frequency of tics have been reported with surgery in both targets. SUMMARY: Deep brain stimulation has become an established therapy for dystonia and is currently being used to treat Tourette's syndrome. With accumulation of experience, clinical features that are more responsive to surgery and the best surgical candidates will be revealed. This will likely improve even further the outcome of surgery for the treatment of these disorders.
    jenn96rn 14 Replies
    • December 30, 2008
    • 02:00 AM
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  • Hi. I just read your post and I was so moved by your troubles. Most of my pain was caused by contracted muscles, mostly the psoas. I, too had the pain shooting down my leg. Try reading about my experience with psoas and pirriformis muscles here - www.mystretchedbody.blogspot.com. It might be sciatic related, and if it is, you should be able to get complete relief.I also quit drinking and smoking. Let me commend you for caring about the health of your body. I hope you find help with your pain, and that you feel better, soon.Mary
    marybi 11 Replies
    • August 27, 2009
    • 08:13 AM
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