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Can Cervical Spondylosis Cause Tiredness Or Fainting?

The word Spondylosis is derived from Greek work vertebrae, a degenerative condition of the bones in the low back. Cervical spondylosis doesn’t produce symptoms in general but this is a progressing condition that can affect the lumbar spine and sacral spine in the mid-back of the hip bones.

Thoracic spondylosis produces mild symptoms, but multilevel spondylosis can be chronic and affect a multitude of vertebrae in the spine.

Can Cervical Spondylosis Cause Tiredness Or Fainting?

Spondylosis is an aging disorder resulting in the wear and tear of the bones and ligaments as people grow older. This also occurs when the intervertebral discs wear and lose the cushion between the cartilage muscles resulting in disc herniation and inflammation on the discs. People who are older than 45 most likely acquire this disease and there is major evidence to prove this theory.

Although cervical spondylosis and hypertension are common widespread conditions, still their relationship has never been investigated. Most cervical spondylosis patients are typically associated with vertigo problems. Furthermore, severe or acute neck pain often leads to hypertension which is a major contributing factor for several cardiovascular diseases.

Early diagnosis and intervention of hypertension in these patients have yielded beneficial results on cardiovascular disorder risks.1,2

Clinical Analysis: A clinical study was conducted on cervical spondylosis patients who had a history of acute and recurring neck pain, headache, and episodes of balance problems (vertigo). These patients reported that they encountered episodes of vertigo and ringing noises in their ears either once or twice a day and lasted for nearly 2 hours during every episode. They also experienced numbness in several parts of their body limiting their activities with a diminished range of motion.

Although they did not face any specific trauma, yet clinical findings and examinations showed nerve compression by a large central herniated disc has reduced the sensation in arms and tendon reflexes. In addition to that, they also complained about problems such as nausea, vomiting, and palpitation.

Other Signs And Symptoms Of Cervical Spondylosis

While neck pain and headache are typical symptoms of cervical spondylosis, certain sporadic abnormalities cause physical changes in your neck. These symptoms perhaps limit your movement on the neck as well when the stress is caused brain and nervous system. During these instances, some people will experience a set of symptoms such as vertigo, feeling faint, weakness, and numbness.

In a worst-case scenario, you tend to lose your ability to feel heat and cold and you can become paralyzed.3,4

How Can You Deal With Tiredness And Fatigue?

Potential neck-related tiredness and fatigue are caused when there is a problem with the neck muscles. This occurs when there is an injury in the neck that has developed as a result of an accident or other collisions. When the speculated injuries alter, it can contribute to dizziness.

When your immune system is not great and reacts to smaller infections, its high time to pay more attention to your health. In general, most infections and inflammations are treated through medications and physical therapies. This, in turn, can reduce fatigue and tiredness produced as a result of cervical spondylosis.

There are a few things with which you can improve symptoms

  • Have a good night’s sleep. Sound sleep is very crucial to come out of exhaustion and feel better
  • Check for your anemic levels because anemia is the first sign of frequent headaches and tiredness.

Overall, remain calm and keep your stress at bay!5


  1. Peng, Baogan, et al. “Cervical Spondylosis and Hypertension: a Clinical Study of 2 Cases.” Medicine, Wolters Kluwer Health, Mar. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4602471/  
  2. Driver, Catherine Burt. “What Is Spondylosis? Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Surgery.” EMedicineHealth, EMedicineHealth, 13 Aug. 2019, www.emedicinehealth.com/spondylosis/article_em.htm           
  3. Cherney, Kristeen. “5 Tips for Beating Ankylosing Spondylitis Fatigue.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 19 Nov. 2019, www.healthline.com/health/ankylosing-spondylitis-fatigue       
  4. Nguyen, Kenneth. “What Causes Neck Pain and Dizziness?” Spine, www.spine-health.com/conditions/neck-pain/what-causes-neck-pain-and-dizziness        
  5. Traynelis, Vincent C. “Signs and Symptoms of Upper Cervical Disorders.” SpineUniverse, www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/upper-neck-disorders/signs-symptoms-upper-cervical-disorders

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Last Modified On:May 18, 2020

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