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Can a pinched nerve cause dizziness?

I have a pinched nerve in my spine, also I have dizziness. Can a pinched nerve cause dizziness?

2 Answers

Most of the time, dizziness is caused by an inner ear problem. A pinched nerve in the spine usually causes numbness and/or weakness in an arm or leg. It would be rare for a pinched nerve to cause dizziness.
"Pinched nerves" in the neck are most often from "slipped discs," better known as herniated discs. These neck problems can often cause dizziness by also compressing the vertebral artery(s) in the neck and/or by reducing movement in the neck (which diminishes the ability of the equilibrium centers in the brain stem to detect position and, hence, cause dizziness). So, in short, YES is the answer.