How to relieve neck/ shoulder/arm pain?

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lost in philly
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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have mild degeneration in my C5-C6 which sends pain down my shoulders and arms. I also have pinched nerves in my elbows which add to it all and makes my hands numb. It hasnt really bothered me until recently.
I take percocet for the pain and try to stretch, ice and heat but nothing has really helped.

The pain in my shoulders and the numbness in my hands are the worse.
I cant afford physical therapy right now, maybe in a few months.

Does anyone have any ideas what else I can do to get some relief? Thank you!
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   Posted 7/21/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to say it sounds like you're doing everything that you possible can right now. Can you get anything for nerve pain. I have the same problem as you, milder i would think tho, but pain meds don't seem to have much of an impact on it. Are you near a pool or can you take a bath, prederably in a mix of arnica oil and other herbs. I use an A.Vogel one called Athro-Bath oil. Don't know if you can get it but i'm sure theres a similar one.

I hope you feel better and get some relief soon.
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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Lost I feel for you you could be talking about me I went to tharpy and one thing they suggested to me that seems to help is by having you drop your shoulder I do this by having my hands behind my back. Thus making you drop the bad shoulder down. Also I aways sleep with a neck pillow or a rolled up towel. And if things get really bad I use a soft neck brace. These things alone work but some times I need to use all of them conbined.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have arthritis and myofacial pain in my neck in addition to the fibro. I tried botox and will let you know if it worked. Right now I wish I hadn't done it because it hurts so bad from the shots.

Ice and heat seem to help the most. Also gentle yoga stretching, deep breathing and relaxation exercises. My pt told me to push lightly on my head from all directions to get a mild exercise. You could try that. It doesn't seem to help me.


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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Mild water exercise. It helps my friend who have conditions like yours. Search the Arthritis Foundation for classes near you. You would be surprised at how much relief you will get.


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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I get Botox shots(13 of them) every 3 months. I also need trigger point injections(5) in my neck & shoulders. They work right away and relieve most of the pain. I think the ijection is Marcane.
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