Re: New Atlas question!!!
It sounds like he has had plenty of tests and seen plenty of doctors to rule out most known causes. Is he taking a lot of medications? We have had patients in the past with similar symptoms and have on occasion found that the medication they were on was the cause. I would recommend a MRA of the brain. This is a MRI designed to look at the blood vessels of the brain. Aneurysms can cause these symptoms as can certain abnormalities in the blood vessels.
As far as the atlas position, it's hard to tell. Many times patient positioning can cause false positives. Meaning, his head was just tilted slightly when performing the x-ray leading the doctor to believe the atlas was tilted or rotated when really it wasn't. Is your chiropractor an upper cervical doctor? Meaning she practices a technique where she just adjusts the two upper vertebrae of the neck? An upper cervical doctor specializes in the upper vertebra of the neck and has special training to analyze the atlas position using precise radiographs. They shoot a group of films to analyze the atlas, not just an AP cervical or lateral. The atlas is close to the brain stem and cranial nerves. When it is out of position it can cause compression of these structures and can cause a host of bizarre symptoms. I would think that after a few months of treatment if symptoms do not improve then unfortunately it's probably not the cause.
What have the other doctors diagnosis him with? I would think they gave some sort of working diagnosis.
Posted By doc4bax on May 03, 2007 at 00:06:06:
In Reply to: New Atlas question!!!
posted by Lisa on May 02, 2007 at 10:13:15:
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