First of all, I’m really pleased to write there!
For the past year I’ve been struggling with following symptoms: dizziness, nausea, unstable walking, severe insomnia, tinnitus, pressure in the head, neck pain and many more.
I’ve been to different doctors during this time. It all started with typical tests such as head MRI/CT which obviously showed no defects. I also been to psychiatrists to rule out any psychosomatic causes, since then I tried few different meds but none of them really helped with my symptoms and the doctors didn’t give me any obvious diagnosis. I had neck MRI as well, since I had pain in that area for quite a while, the test showed some degenerative changes such as kyphosis, disc bulges, degenerative changes at the edges of vertebral bodies but most importantly I would say in the case of IJV, my c1-c2 has some sort of instability and there’s also a swelling and asymmetry (it was detected after second MRI that my physiotherapist told me to do, because he was worried about one thing during manual tests of the neck). The case with the instability led me to thinking that it could cause some sort of vascular problems, e.g. compression of the veins in the neck. I found some articles on that in the internet and the symptoms described were matching mine, so I talked to my doctor which told me to do the CT Angiography of the neck and brain vessels. After some time I had a description of the images but they didn’t describe any defects regarding the arteries, but… there was no description of jugular veins which I think are not usually checked when doing arteries scans (correct me if I’m wrong, but I would not be surprised since the first MRI of the neck also missed the C1-C2 description)
Here are some of the images of CT angiography:
I did place some arrows on the images which I suspect the compression though I’m just a newbie learning the anatomy, not a doctor so don’t read this as my own “diagnosis”.
To me the IJV’s looked a bit flattened, especially the left one but I might be totally wrong.
Some recordings for a deeper look as well:
I asked radiologist today if he could check the images in terms of IJV. I will have response at Monday.
I thought it’s worth a try posting there, since I saw there were already plenty of people who had similar tests done.
All help appreciated, thanks!
I also include the “motion” x-ray:
Unfortunately the images don’t show rotation/flexion to the sides, so they are probably not that helpful.