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Throbbing neck pain that affects my eyes, what could it be?

By Anonymous August 19, 2009 - 7:50am
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After driving the car for 30 mins to an hour, I get out and sometimes my head and back and sides of my neck throbs really hard and sometimes it affects my eyes in some way. like a sensation
similar to flashing. It is painful and I can feel my pulse going through to my head and
hear it in my left ear.This is distracting enough to where I have to stop what I am doing until it passes which is about 2-3 mins. I was in a car accident and I know it did something to my neck but this is 2 years

later, my chiropractor has put my spine in the right position and this has happed after I get an adjustment and sometimes whenever. I had temporarily high blood pressure which amounted to the beginning of hypertension but usually I have good BP and lately I have been exercising a lot and so I thing It may have improved but this scares me, I do have somekind of tendon or scar tissue in my neck, I can feel it pop when I move my head a certain way. I don't take meds because I am afraid of side-effects but
I drink tons of water and eat good and exercise but this still happens. My eyes have clear floaters that I see, kinda like a worm, It was difficult to read my eyes were jumpy and I couldn't think clearly, I was forgetting common things while talking to a friend, I am a 46 yr old male and have had TMJ, cranial adjustments, right now the top of my head hurts, it scares me because my father had a very
bad stroke, he took BP medicine for 30 years and still does, but doesn't do vigorus exercise like I do. Any ideas??? Wade

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Anon - Is your chiropractor the only health professional that's treated your neck. If so you may want to seek a second opinion. A whip lash type of injury can sometimes lead to other disorders years after the accident, including degenerative cervical arthritis, which affects the bones and cartilage in the neck. You may also want to try
using some anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen, for relief when the pain occurs. You should definitely see your physician if the pain gets worse or starts occurring more frequently. You may also find the following information on neck strain to be helpful: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/neck_strain/article_em.htm

I hope this helps you and that you'll let us know what you learn.
Take care,

April 3, 2010 - 7:55pm
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I have the same symptoms except mine sometimes causes my eye to twitch. I was in an ATV accident several years ago and did damage to my neck as well. Chiropractor said he'd readjusted it. This only seems to happen either when I am physically exerting myself or sometimes when I bend over. It's very painful when this happens. Did you ever find out what was causing it?

April 3, 2010 - 6:42pm

Wow, Wade, there's a lot going on...

When was the last time you saw your eye doctor? While "floaters" are not necessarily serious, our opthamologist, or even a good optometrist, would be able to determine if there is something to cause concern.

Did your chiropractor take X-rays of your neck? If so, was there any sign of osteoarthritis from your car accident?

By any chance, has your primary physician ever suggested have an MRI done to scan your brain for any potential issues?

I'm not a medical professional, but my first gut reaction to your story is that you're still suffering effects of your accident. How long ago was it?

August 20, 2009 - 6:13pm
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