If you are experiencing dizziness and back pain, you may be wondering whether the two are related. There are many problems that can cause dizziness, and just as many that can cause back pain. However, the two are frequently linked together through the spinal nerves. We will take a quick look at the two complaints by themselves, and a few issues that tie the two symptoms together.
Dizziness can be two different sensations, lightheadedness as if you are going to pass out, or vertigo as if things around you are moving or you are going to lose your balance. The two different sensations typically have different causes. Lightheadedness usually occurs from a lack of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain, such as if you stand up quickly and your blood pressure drops. Those with low blood pressure may experience this sensation frequently if they move too quickly. Dehydration, anemia, anxiety, drug abuse, alcohol use or medications can all cause lightheadedness.
Vertigo is different than lightheadedness and has different causes. If any part of your body’s senses are not functioning properly, that can impair your balance. Your inner ear, vision, sensory nerves, and skin pressure all allow your brain to adjust your body to its surroundings. Ear infections, migraine headaches, head or neck injuries, and anything else that impacts your senses can lead to vertigo.
Back pain can be caused by a lot of the same things that cause dizziness, such as a lack of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Dehydration, anemia, anxiety, drug abuse, alcohol use or medications can all cause back pain. Many people assume to have back pain there must be some type of injury, but oxygen and nutrient deprived muscles are prone to cramps, aches, and spasms.
Back pain itself can also cause vertigo because of a link through the spinal nerves. The top spinal nerves in the neck feed the inner ear, which means pain along those nerves can trigger vertigo. Since nerves run up and down the whole spinal column, anything like a herniated disc, misaligned vertebra, or even muscle inflammation in the lower back can all impact the neck and therefore the inner ear.
Fibromyalgia is another cause of both back pain and vertigo. In fibromyalgia, the sensory system is not functioning properly, and the brain perceives pain where there should be no pain. Since the sensory system is what is impacted, it can also cause vertigo.
There are a few potentially serious health risks that can cause back pain with dizziness, such as strokes, a variety of heart issues, and brain issues. If you are experiencing any dizziness in conjunction with abnormal heartbeat, loss of function in any body part, abnormal vaginal discharge, or sudden abdominal pain, then seek immediate medical assistance. Talk with your doctor about any other issues of dizziness, and or back pain.
While dizziness and back pain are not always related, understanding that there can be overlap of the two can help you to find treatment to cure both symptoms. Unfortunately, many people turn to opioids to help them control the symptoms, but all they do is mask the underlying cause of the pain and create long-term problems. Pain Stop Clinics are committed to helping you find pain relief through interventional pain management. Call us today for your back pain and dizziness and the pain management doctors at Pain Stop Clinics will work closely with you to address all your concerns and put you back on the road to total wellness.
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