Hello everyone! I will be as brief as possible. The diagnosis thus far is: straightening of cervical spine, disc height loss at C6-7 with osteophytes n spondylosis. I have had arthritis in my hands since my early twenties (as did my mother and G-mother) so I have been dealing with that for years and for the most part it was manageable. I was in a very bad car accident in 1996. Head went into windshield n kind of bounced to side window n center console. I don't remember details as I was unconscious. I have suffered from excruciating head n neck aches for years but again I have managed. There was damage to my neck as well as minor brain injury resembling Arnold Chiari II. In the past ten years I have suffered with severe neck and back pain. I have had acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, traction (until they diagnosed the brain injury and realized pulling up on my skull/neck could kill me), occipital nerve blocks, trigger point injections, along with many meds. About a year ago my back pain began to increase n I noticed my fingers were going numb. This progressed rather rapidly IMO, and it is now to the point that I am in constant pain, have crazy spasms in my R arm and down R side of my back, my index finger has been numb for months. My entire right arm goes numb, has a sort of burning/aching pain and tingles. The Dr I was seeing only sent me for c-spine x-ray and the diagnosis listed above were the results. I don't know where to turn next. I can only stand for about an hour before the pain is so bad I must sit and kind of hunch my back forward to try to alleviate some pain. There is so much more but I do not wish to bore everyone to tears. It is becoming too much for me. There. Is no relief. Pain wakes me up at night and I cannot get back to sleep because it is so intense, my arm is burning, tingling , numb most of the day every day, shoulder clicks and grinds n burns. I cannot sit for long because of back pain and I cannot lay down for long due to pain. On days when i am suffering from one of my acute 'accident headaches' or one of my migraines and/or my 'acute sinusitis' and I need to lie down but cant AND my back and neck is killing me AND my arm is numb and tingling it's just too much pain. I had to cook Christmas dinner yesterday and was on my feet for several hours, today I stayed in bed, went to the couch, stood up n walked around the house and repeat........crying the entire time. I was told years ago I have two herniated disks in my lower back also but that hasn't been checked out as of yet. Can ANYONE offer advice as to what to do next? Should I see a neurologist, an orthopedist, pain management dr? I truly can't survive this level of pain from the tip of my head to my lower back EVERY day. Something more is wrong. It has to be, right? I can't believe the above diagnosis can be causing all of this. I still work full time and miss only few days but by the time I get home I am in too much pain to do anything. I'm so sorry to ramble but today has been a VERY bad day. One last thing, I can't take the OTC products such as Tylenol, Motrin, IB, etc anymore as I have taken so many since 1996 that my stomach cannot handle the irritation. I'm on no meds other than vitamins. Cymbalta didn't help. These things may not sound like much compared to others but when they all hit at once its more than I can handle. Help..????