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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I just noticed in your signature line that you have neck arthritis.  I do too.  It's rated moderate to severe and affects C3, 4, 6, 7. With my Fibro, I'm in constant neck pain.  I really feel like I might lose my mind with it all.
I did go to physio a year ago.  It worked quite well but is expensive. I sleep with a memory foam cervical pillow.  Do you have any techniques that work for you? 
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34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ginny-

It can be a real pain in the neck- can't it?  shocked :-)

I fell out of a tree when I was around ten and broke my collarbone and probably injured my neck but they did not pick up on that. When I was around 30 I was having so much pain in my neck and trouble swallowing. I went to see numerous Dr's and they did not x-ray but they did put a scope down my throat to see why I was having trouble swallowing. They were getting very impatient with me because they said nothing was wrong and that it was probably stress or not in so many words "my head." I had never been to a chiropractor, but I was running out of options. The chiropractor found the arthritis right away and said that the injury was 2 decades old and that it was a classic symptom of arthritis in your neck to have trouble swallowing. I cried after he told me this because the regular Dr's made me feel like I was going crazy! I KNEW something was wrong!!

Then when the fibro hit me late last winter- I had pain in my neck and it was like no pain I have ever had before. My Dr. put me on Prednisone for a week and that did settle it down. She did an x-ray to see if the arthritis had progressed and it had and is now moderate (bordering on severe).

Gosh ginny- for the most part I have just learned to live with chronic pain everyday. I have a high pain tolerance, so I don't know if that has gotten me through. Winters are the worse. I have not bought anything special to sleep on at night, but my pillow has to be very flat or I can't sleep at all. I have a rice neck wrap that I heat up in the microwave and put on it- more so in the winters. I have not done any heavy lifting for quite sometime now because that only aggravates it. How long have you had yours? And do they have any idea what caused it?

I didn't mean to write a dang book, but thought I would fill you in on how mine began.


Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Darvocet  

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