awe...gosh you really hit the nail on the head! yeah, i would say see at least a rheumatologist. i mean, sounds like it's extensive osteoarthritis and degenerative arhtritis! even a bone and joint hospital would be an excellent place for a consult if you can find one.
i feel though, that neurosurgeons are too "scalpal happy" you know? but depending on the compression of the c-spine, you really can't fool too much with that.
so do you think all of this is sports related? injuries? you sound quite the athlete. it's really the pitts when young! i'm 25 and been dealing with the worst of this RA since 22. from 16 to 20 it was OK because i could still workout, work, have a social life, and do everything!....at 25 i say, "oh what i would give to be 17 again!"
pain management is critical. whether it be NSAIDs or other analgesia....it's a lifesaver in regards to performance & quality of life.
what do you take now for treatment? or haven't they started anything yet?
thanks for your kind words about the ordeal with my "father" if ya can call em that. but nah...i'm wiping my hands clean of him. i've always left my arms & heart wide open to him...but he makes no attempt. what can ya do? i am not letting it weigh heavily on me, i can't physically afford that. (truthfully...he's making the wrong friends! i mean, his daughter's in the nursing field?....wouldn't ya WANT to be nice, YOU'RE GOING TO NEED HELP ONE DAY POPS! LOL) but i will not allow any emotional abuse in my life from him.
i love my grandmother. she lives far away so i see her not often. she's a big support to me. she called me "her hero" when she was beating Colon Cancer! now that's a compliment!
so let us know how this week goes with your docs and calls and all. healingwell is great, especially the arhtritis forum. we've all grown tight-nit real fast, even brand new members. all types of RA, OA, PA, autoimmune diseases, discs...YOU NAME IT, YOU'LL FIND IT HERE! hah!
have a goodnight. erin
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.