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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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