Arthritis in the neck

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   Posted 3/26/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all
I just wanted to introduce myself.
I am a 41 year old female, in the last 2 years I have had 2 children a boy of 20 months & a girl of 9 months & from my previous marriage a 19 year old girl. through my last pregnancy I had nothing but trouble, burning sensation in the neck & at the top of the back. I have had loads of test done, An Endocsope which showed esophagitis & gastrisitis which from the last endoscope I had when they gave me a 48 hour ph bravo test showed this was all heeled up. I have had gallbladder & liver checked which was normal. I have had ct scan of the lungs & heart which was normal & ecg. I also had an xray of the spine which was normal.
Last week I was so in pain with my neck & shoulders I went back to the doctor. They gave me an xray of the neck & found I had narrowing of the neck through inflammation & said I had arthritis of the neck & possible pinched nerve. Now my question is can a normal xray really detect this? My doctor is going to send me for a mri & a spine doctor. I am just really curious as I know there is no cure for arthritis was just wondering what you think should be my next procedure as I am new to this.
Many thanks to you

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   Posted 3/26/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
The inflamation can be treated and that is probably causing some of your pain. It sounds like your doctor is starting you on the right path and MRI and a specialist. If inflamation ends up being the primary problem I would want a rhuemy to consult.

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   Posted 3/30/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Red: I have been in pain for so long I can hardly remember when it started. I've had about three MRI done the last one was done about 4 months ago when they did a bone density test and found out I had ostoperosis. The disks on my upper neck are ruptured and have degenerative arthritis along with a pinched nerve. My lower back , Knees and feet have yet another type. The RA's I've been to only work with people who have RA, and thats the one I don't have. I was sent to an Endochinologyst. Which I thought was odd but she reviewed my paper work labs etc. and sent me to the hospital to get a reclast infusion because of my bone density. I don't know if it has worked yet it will probable take a year before they do another bone density test. In the meantime I am on 1700 mg calcium and 800 miligrams of vitamin D. My last visit I was prescribed 250 mg three times a day of zinc. (I don't even know what that one if for). I think the right choice for you would be to go ahead and get the MRI they show a lot more than an x-ray. june

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   Posted 3/31/2008 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Just a quick question, what type of pain do you get in the neck? Mine is like a burning sensation at the top of the shoulderblades & I feel my neck is always swollen I sometimes feel I have a constant sore throat & always cough to try & clear it & obviously that is probably making it worse.The weird thing about this I only started getting the pain since my last pregnancy. I have had test galore, Gallbladder & liver, Stomach & esophagus, also been to an ENT who said my vocal cords were red, but did not see why they were red. The last test i had done was an xray of the neck which showed narrowing of the neck. the doctor said then I had arthritis of the neck & a possible pinched nerve from the inflammation. To be honest i did not think a normal xray would show up arthritis. So now she said I need to get an mri done before she will send me to a spine doc. The worse of this I never asked as many questions as I really should have cause think I was a little shocked. I know I have arthritis in the knees cause they grate like mad when going up the stairs I can actually hear them but I have not seen the doctor about this. My knees started about 8 years ago because I done exessive exercise but cant say I suffer with them that much now & again when going up the stairs. With RA how long does it take to progress?. The reason I ask this question, my mums cousin has RA & she has replacement knees elbows & has been very crippled up, she was very young in her 20's when she was diagnosed.

Thankyou so much for explaining things to me

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