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Dizzy spells, recurring neck pain, hot flashes, choking when drinking fluids

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  • Posted By: kramieinc
  • May 4, 2009
  • 10:03 PM

I have had the following symptoms, with little help from doctors, for years.
The first incidence of arm pain was when I was 11. Two years later, I developed pain in my neck - diagnosed as a pinched nerve. This pain recurs every year or two, with it spreading to my back, right arm, and shoulder. This pain always occurs on the right side.
In addition to this, I also suffer from hot flashes at night. When I lie down flat, I get a feeling like I'm being choked gently. I cannot wear high collared shirts or necklaces because I get the same feeling.
At least two to four times per day, I have a major episode of choking when drinking fluids. I always get "the wrong pipe". It's messy and embarrassing.
For as long as I can remember, I have had dizzy spells. I get dizzy when I stand up, on elevators and escalators. I also get dizzy if I look up or down. About every 1-2 years, I go through several days of severe dizziness. Whenever I move, I feel so dizzy I sometimes fall over. This was diagnosed once as benign postural vertigo. I was told not to drive when it happens.
I get hot flashes at night, with no real explanation. They are quick, and usually go away when I do something to cool myself (water, go outside, etc.).
I have been told I have low blood pressure, but I don't know if that means anything, and my allergist told me my thyroid is enlarged and has nodules on it. My doctor said it wasn't anything to be concerned about.
I have had food and environmental allergies all my life.
Everytime I get a cold, I develop bronchitis, and it has been so my entire life.
I am 27 years old, female, with a bmi of 20. I take oral contraceptives, and sometimes take ibuprofen for headaches. When I have neck pain, I tend to take acetaminophen with codeine (tylenol 1), in addition to ibuprofen. I use a steroidal inhaler when I have a cold to calm my cough. I drink alcohol about twice a year, though not in a binge. I do not use recreational drugs. I find that my symptoms seem unimportant to the doctors I've seen.
A recent massage at a physiotherapy clinic caught my attention. They mentioned something about the vagus nerve, and said they couldn't do some sort of traction on it because of my dizzy spells.
I live in Alberta, Canada. If anyone knows of a really great doctor, please let me know. I'd also be interested to find out if anyone else has these symptoms

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