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New to Osteoarthritis , the cervical kind....

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 290
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
I have mild to moderate osteoarthritis in C5/C6 Facet Joint. (My cervical problem info is in my signature). I have tried things like mobic, celebrex, aleve, but they don't really work for me. Lately my left side and back of my neck has been hurting a lot to the point that it is really affecting my head pain. I keep an ice pack on it, a cervical heating pad, take soma , klonopin , tylenol with codiene three and nothing is working as of lately. Although I have been doing a lot of sitting and laying down this past week.

What does everyone do non medically to help ease the pain?
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  • :) hi! :H perhaps you need to talk to your doctor about starting an exercise and stretching program. :? he might even recommend exercising in the pool. that is fantastic! so talk to your doctor and a pt about an exercise program. sometimes we can freeze up if we don't move around. Jenny :)
  • lulusheart said:
    :) hi! :H perhaps you need to talk to your doctor about starting an exercise and stretching program. :? he might even recommend exercising in the pool. that is fantastic! so talk to your doctor and a pt about an exercise program. sometimes we can freeze up if we don't move around. Jenny :)
    Thank u, I will.
  • Hi ButterlyPain, that sounds quite bad.
    I can relate to it as I have the same sort of thing, but not to that extent. Probably one day......

    Have you tried the facet joint injections?
    All of that pain and stress will give you a whopper of a headache if you are anything like me. Muscle tension is painful!
    When I get a flare-up the lower left of the skull gets very sore and painful, and it takes a fair bit of medication to get it to go.
    I find tramadol and mersyndol together works.
    Your pillow may also be a factor.
    Apart from suggesting the injections, I'm very sorry to be unable to offer anything else but some empathy.
    I can fully understand what you are putting up with.
  • You may get some relief from PT. It is worth a try. I had several rounds of PT and it really got my neck loosened up and improved my range of motion. But unfortunetly, it didn't do much for the pain. I have nerve pain which radiates from the c-spine to the back of my head. The headache was worse than the neck pain. I also have pain that raditates down my right shoulder and arm. It is much better now. And here are the two things that helped me:

    1. Neurotin (Generic: Gabapentin) It is used for nerve pain and works entirely different than pain medications. I take it with Ultram 200, a timed release tramadol.

    2. I had to stop sleeping in bed. I sleep semi-upright in the recliner and there is no pressure on the nerves in my neck like there is lying down. I'm not sure why this works, but it does for me.

    Before the Neurotin I tried everything. I had PT, chiro for several months with decompression traction, muscle relaxers, epidural injections, facet joint injections, a soft collar, and lots of darvocet and vicodin. Nothing worked for me as well as the Neurotin on the nerve pain. So far I have put off fusion surgery for almost 9 months. Good luck to you and I hope this helps.

    Marti
  • lulusheart said:
    :) hi! :H perhaps you need to talk to your doctor about starting an exercise and stretching program. :? he might even recommend exercising in the pool. that is fantastic! so talk to your doctor and a pt about an exercise program. sometimes we can freeze up if we don't move around.)
    I completely agree! Exercise is working for me, and I talked to you already about my situation.!
  • Hi ButterflyPain! I just found out this morning that I have some form of inflammatory arthritis. I've had back and neck problems for 5 years now - part of me is glad to know it's actually caused by something b/c some people in my life have tried to tell me it was all in my head. Another part of me is sad b/c everyone I know that has RA or OA always seems to feel awful... is there even a cure for this??? My doctor is going to send me to a specialist to determine what specific kind I have and what can be done to help me.

    The reason I answer this thread of course is to let you know that I go to a chiropractor 2x a week... it's just heavenly really! I feel SO GOOD afterwards. Of course it doesn't last more than a day or so, but I will take that over nothing at all. I've tried PT, water therapy (on my own after a doctor suggested it), massage therapy, pain killers, muscle relaxers, and of course (not that I self medicate) I always notice I feel very good after a few drinks. I can see why some people self medicate and get in trouble! Of all these things, the chiropractor seems to help me the most. Maybe you should give that a try sometime!
  • Thank you for all your responses. They have all given me something to think about.
    I am wondering how long I've had OA in my neck, but I guess that really isn't important to know. I think it could be one of the main causes of my neck pain, but I also have two ruptured disc so there is that as well.

    Oh life seems so long with this stuff, but I love life and want to live a long time.
  • I've just been reminded of the ease with which we can make our neck pain worse.
    I'd been sweeping up around the house ready for Xmas, just a bit each day, so not too much.
    but then I developed an achy neck and a blah feeling that just wouldn't go. Couldn't get to do anything.
    Gave the sweeping away and after 2 days I was OK again.
    Thought I was being careful, but I still over did it. Getting to be annoying!!!
    What's that saying?
    As one door closes, another one slams in your face.
    You have to laugh.
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