I just recently found out I have arthritis in my neck

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hisfaithful1
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   Posted 8/5/2011 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, this is Debbie from western Maryland.  It has been along time since I last posted here on healing well.  I just recently found out I have arthritis in my neck, along with several other places like my back, hip, right shoulder, and I guess in my knees too, though the knees are in the gravel sounding stage, but not too bothersome.
 
Does anyone else have Osteo in your neck?  It is very painful. The left hip pain does not seem so bad now that I'm hurting like crazy every day in my neck.  The humidity here where I live probably doesn't help!
 
Any suggestions for this would be appreciated.  When I first awake the pain is about a 1, as the day goes on it increases till it gets to about a 6 or 7.  Sitting makes it worse!  I'm wondering how I will manage to deal with this the rest of my life, ya know?
 
One thing I am so looking forward to is we are moving to southern California where I lived most of my life. I'm hoping the aridness of the new area will help.  I will let you all know if it does.
 
God bless you all
 
Debbie

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Joan M
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   Posted 8/6/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
hi and hi to california...a wonderous state. it is because you are too prone forward that your neck hurts. see if you can get in a chair or something to lean backward. make sure of course that you don't tip backwards and fall.

hope to hear from you and the golden state.

hisfaithful1
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   Posted 8/6/2011 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard that as a possible explanation before, mostly on internet sites...  it is hard to believe that suddeny at 55 years of age, I'm not holding my neck in the right position. Anyways I have tried to be aware of the position of my head, and it doesn't really seem to be the problem. Tried physical therpy and that did not help. Ice packs help for a little while, but that is only temporary relief.   
 
An xray showed arthritis, so isn't that a more plausable explanation? Oh well, I guess this is the way it is. I was hoping to hear from someone else who may suffer from this, someone who would understand how awful the pain is, and perhaps have a tip or two on how they cope with it.
 
I will let you all know if it gets better after our move to Cali.
 
Take care
 
Debbie
 

NorthernAlbertagirl
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   Posted 8/7/2011 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Debi. My gma suffers from that too. She was offered cortisone shots for it. She takes Advil 4x per day and rubs A535 cream on it before bed ever night. So far for her it's manageable. Hope this helps u a bit. If u have other questions I can ask her and get back to u.
Kat

hisfaithful1
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   Posted 8/7/2011 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kat,  thank you for responding.  Unfortunatly I cannot take any type of aspirin or Ibuprofen products because of taking so many in the past I now have to watch out for my liver.  I'm glad your Gramma has found something that works for her though.  Sometimes I do take these out of pure desperation for relief, but I know better to do it too often.
 
I hope your Grammas pain is not as bad as mine. It sometimes feels like a knife is stuck in my neck!  I am hoping the drier climate in California will help if even a little bit.
 
Take care,  Debbie

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   Posted 8/8/2011 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Debbie, I have this problem also, and it's made much worse when I spend a lot of time on the computer. My best relief comes from heat ( the stick-on pads) and muscle relaxants, along with sitting in my recliner. A capsaicin ointment might help, but try it on a small place first to be sure your skin isn't sensitive to it.

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning I can't turn my head more than a few inches in either direction. I have to gently stretch the muscles before I can start my day, and I continue to do this throughout the day. It's interesting to hear my neck snap, crackle and pop first thing in the day!

Other things that might help are gentle massage therapy, reflexology or accupuncture. I haven't tried any of these so far, but after decades of neck pain I'm thinking of going this direction with my next bad bout.
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hisfaithful1
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   Posted 8/8/2011 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Judy and Honor,
 
  Thank you for the responses.  It's funny how these conditions can affects us so differently.  When I awake is my best time of the day as far as the neck pain is concerned.  You are right, sitting here at the computer seems to be the worse thing for it. That is a very maddening aspect of it all too!
 
As for me, the cold feels better than heat, so again I guess different things work for different people.  I do take Robaxin which is a muscle relaxer, I cannot even tell a difference with it though.  I also take Mobic, and not sure if it helps or not.  I would love to get back into swimming as you mentioned Honor, something I have always enjoyed but havent done in a really long time.
 
Judy I tried the capsacion and it burned my skin terribly. My neck also snaps crackles and pops, all through the day. I do some exercises that my PT taught me, but I can't tell any difference no matter what I have so far tried.. sorry to complain so much, I am just starting to get worn down from this constant chronic pain, there is no let up. Does your pain come and go?
 
Honor i will give glocosamine another try, took it before, but that was before the neck pain.
 
If anything changes I will let you all know.
Thanks for letting me vent.
 
Take care, Debbie

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   Posted 8/11/2011 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
i had it too and actually had to have cortizone shots in my neck. i did put a towel around my neck when I was sleeping and that seemed to help. wierd but shrugging your shoulders up can be good and also putting your head back like in a recliner is a good idea.

peace

hisfaithful1
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   Posted 8/12/2011 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply Peace... I have done all these things except havn't tried the cortisone shots. I had a cortisone shot in my left hip and I could tell no difference what so ever. :( Alot of things help, but only very temporarily. The pain always comes back.

Joan M
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   Posted 8/12/2011 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
i landed up with a herniated disk in my neck and had to have two cortizone shots. it was a scary and expensive experience. ice, heat and the towel around your neck folded up and tied with a big safety pin are good and relaxing in a chair where your neck is NOT PRONE forward are all good. it is horrible when the arthritis hits...hope your situation improves. it does tend to let up and then come back again...the nature of the beast cortizone shots are actually not that good for you.

peace

hisfaithful1
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   Posted 8/13/2011 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Joan How long does it go on for you?  I have had no let up for about 5 months straight.  Also did the cortisone shot give you any relief, and if so how long did it last?
 
I would welcome a period of time with a let up of this pain. My doctor only told me it is arthritis and there is bumps. Probably bone spurs, but why not just say so?
Maybe he thought he was talking to a 2 year old... anyway he has been of no help what soever. He just keeps prescribing me Robaxin, which makes me drowsy during the day. I told him this and he still keeps prescribing it. I know I just have to hang in there till I get my move done and then ask for a referral to see a specialist.  This affects my daily life so much!   In the meantime I will try using a towel as you all suggested.
 
Thank you
 
Debbie

Joan M
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   Posted 8/16/2011 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I hear ya on the doctors...have had similar problems here in upstate New York. Hope you find somebody good.

I don't remember how long it lasted. Seemed like forever. How about talking to your pharmacist about options and then calling your doctor's office to make a suggestion? Say it was the pharmacist's suggestion and that might help.

milton
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   Posted 8/18/2011 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
i have the arthritis along with bones spurs along with pinched nerves in upper neck and with that the lower back has bulging discs.. Pain really sucks seeing that I sit at desk all day.. only thing that has helped was percocets! physical therapy - not helping at all.. Neck stretcher at physical therapy helped slightly tho.

milton
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   Posted 8/18/2011 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
For those getting cortizone shots.. Does not help in neck at all.. Had 3 of them with nerve block shots in c5,c6,c7. Cortizon shot did work for lower back and in my toe.. Every one has different reactions to cortizon shots

hisfaithful1
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   Posted 8/18/2011 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing this. I too have bulged disks in the L4-5 area. I would like to try Percocet... maybe i will get a good and nice enough doctor who will really have compassion and try to help. I'm glad for you Milton.

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   Posted 8/19/2011 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hope it improves for everybody...neck pain is awful. whenever it starts to flare up, i make sure to keep my neck back and that seems to help.

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   Posted 8/20/2014 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I just found this site when googling neck pain relief and am a new member. I too have been diagnosed with degenerative neck arthritis. On bad days it affects almost my entire body. Headaches, shoulder and upper back pain, left arm tingling, left hip and leg pain. My neck sounds like a piece of paper being crumbled when I turn it. Aleve provides little to no relief. Massage is great but relief only last a few minutes after I leave the office. Went to a chiropractor 2 nights ago who promises he can help manage the pain. Go back again tonight - the jury is still out. They want me there for treatment twice a week for first couple of weeks then once a week for not sure how long? I have high copays so this will get expensive. Just wondering if anyone else has had success with a chiropractor. I sit at a computer all day so feel worse as the day progresses.

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   Posted 8/21/2014 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone:

I have Osteoarthritis in my neck that is contributing to chronic daily headaches. A full body bone scan done in January after a bad fall shows OA in neck, neck to collarbone, collarbone to shoulder blade, wrists, lower back, knees and have foot articulations. The worst is my neck and headaches. I am currently on Naproxen (NSAID), Baclofen (muscle relaxer), Nortriptyline (for Neuralgia). I also have Fibromyalgia and Neuralgia. I was on Lyrica for a couple years - off now. Use a number of Doctor recommended supplements. I used to take Arthritis Tylenol. I stopped due to rebound headaches. I have had to use it again since the weekend. You cannot mix Advil with NSAIDs but Tylenol can be taken in between NSAIDs.

I have had chronic pain for 12 years. I did try the Fentanyl Patch but I did get quite sick and thought it was the meds and I stopped taking it. Oxycontin, I could not cope with this.

I, too, use pain creams. A535 has one with Capsacin now and I have been trying it. There are many, some cold and some hot. I have tried Nettle Tea and Curcumin. I do take Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM. I don't think it helps my neck but I am hoping it might be helping my knees. I am getting nerve blocks for my headaches. I am on Disability. My job was 90% typing. The head pain started in me first and neck after. I was a patient at Pain Clinic in a Hospital. When I told them I had neck pain, they did an X-ray. I quickly went downhill after the x-ray. Must have moved the wrong way. Could tell I had trouble driving and on route home when I looked left at traffic, I hit nerves. I took a month off work and then went back with pain. I only lasted another year and the same thing happened one night on the bus. I could not go back. I no longer drive - have been trying too get my neck back. Yes, posture can be a problem.

I have been attending a Physio in a Heated Pool. It is a therapy pool. It actually helped my hip enormously. It has not fixed my neck though. I have learned many exercises and stretches from Physiotherapists. I also see a Registered Massage Therapist. He does work on my back and some on my neck. I was told not to see a Chiropractor as I have Stenosis (narrowing blood vessels in my neck).

I use heat and ice also.

I am very messed up now. I was in a car accident on the weekend. Have lost so much of the abilities I gained. I can walk but with pain. I am so upset. I have big bruises and chest pain from the seat belt.
I have been soaking in sea salt and doing neck stretches in the shower.

California will likely be much better for Arthritis. The change of our season from fall to winter is quite hard. I get flares of pain when it is too windy.

Was told by one Doctor not to worry about the cracking. Your body is trying to make more space. It is much like a Chiropractor I guess.

My Sister-in-law is in a similar situation but does not have headaches. She is coping with Massage Therapy and Celebrex.

Yes, I feel badly for us all. Arthritis in the neck is very painful.

Loring


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