The first signs of cervical osteochondrosis often appear at a young age. Well, tell me, who hasn't had a pain in the neck at least once in their life? And we don't pay attention to this symptom, but we find logical explanations: maybe it jumped, I didn't sleep well on the pillow, I spent the whole day at the computer and many others. And since we know the reason that hit the vertebrae, it is not necessary to show it to the doctor, after all it will pass by itself. Most often, people after forty years of age turn to a doctor for help with osteochondrosis of the cervical spine, and then due to the presence of concomitant pathologies.
Listen to your body
The first signs of cervical osteochondrosis are the onset of pain in this part of the spine. Its character can be both constant pain and a sharp jerk when turning the head, when the vertebra moves relative to the other along the axis.
If a person ignores the emerging syndrome in osteochondrosis of the spine for a long time, the degeneration process in osteochondrosis of the vertebrae progresses.
There comes a symptom such as the limitation of the mobility of the vertebrae in the affected section: in this way the body is protected from unpleasant sensations. And then the unpleasant symptoms subside and the person thinks that he has got rid of the problem, and this is actually an aggravation of osteochondrosis.
The inability to completely turn the head left and right, as before, does not even bother many. Meanwhile, the pathology can pass to the stage of irreversible changes in the tissues that make up the vertebrae. With each exacerbation of osteochondrosis, the symptoms return. As a result, a hernia of the spine is formed, which puts pressure on the nerve roots and blood vessels that pass through each vertebra. As a result, there are such signs of hypertension: dizziness, headache, flashing "flies" in front of the eyes.
Signs of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine have no characteristic features of this pathology. Therefore, with an exacerbation of osteochondrosis of the vertebrae, it is sometimes difficult to guess why the malaise occurred. There may be severe headaches in the occipital region, which sometimes turn into migraine, an increase in blood pressure to significant numbers. When coughing, turning your head and sneezing, the symptoms are more pronounced. With the exacerbation of osteochondrosis of the spine, there may also be low back pain in the arm or chest. If osteochondrosis of the spine is running and the tissues of the vertebrae have changed significantly, then there may be insufficiency of the spinal or cerebral circulation.
If the lower segments of the cervical region are affected, symptoms mimicking heart problems may appear. Is it possible to independently determine whether it is a heart or not? The peculiarity is that chest pain with osteochondrosis increases with the rotation of the body and does not go away after taking nitroglycerin. Sometimes there may be discomfort in the throat area due to osteochondrosis of the spine, but the occurrence of throat problems is extremely rare. It is worth noting that throat discomfort may be due to the presence of problems with the thyroid gland. Sometimes throat discomfort can occur with emotional and nervous shock. And, of course, the most common cause of sore throats and sore throats is inflammation (ARVI, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and so on).
Are you very afraid?
Often the best friends are increased blood pressure, vegetative-vascular dystonia (VVD) and cervical osteochondrosis of the spine.
As a result of the compression of the vessels of the spine, blood pressure rises, which is manifested by headache, visual impairment and coordination. The extreme symptoms of this pathology of the spine provoke the occurrence of a panic attack - this is an excruciating feeling of fear, anxiety, depression.
How do you know if you are having a seizure? A panic attack usually occurs suddenly and is accompanied by the following symptoms:
- increased blood pressure indicators;
- sweating, chills, tremor in the body;
- dizziness and headache;
- feeling of lack of air;
- an attack of fear.
Other symptoms of a panic attack include:
- pain and discomfort in the abdomen;
- liquid stools;
- frequent urination;
- you may have a sore throat
- tremor in the limbs;
- impaired coordination of movements.
A panic attack usually lasts no more than half an hour. If the patient first felt all these symptoms of an attack, then there is a fear of death, a fear of the presence of any incurable pathology. Numerous examinations of the pathologies of organs and systems do not reveal, except perhaps the pathology of the vertebrae, to which they may not pay particular attention, as a result of which the person begins to think that his case is serious and unique. However, this condition should be properly treated. The patient should understand that nothing threatens life.
What to do
If you feel discomfort in the cervical spine, panic attacks occur, blood pressure rises, if the symptoms are already disturbing and have not disappeared for a long time, consult a doctor! Maybe you have osteochondrosis of the cervical vertebrae. Especially if the pain in the affected spine is acute, it will be difficult to ignore it. The pathologies themselves do not go away, and many patients tend to think that "everything can go away on its own", but in reality everything is just progressing. Temporary remission turns into another exacerbation of the signs of osteochondrosis of the spine. At an early stage, it is easier to identify and overcome the problem than to deal with the complications!