Hi, I am another newbie. I have inflammatory arthritis, cervical spondylosis and DDD. My problems are at C3/C4 and C7, then L5/S1. I have just been referred to an ortho, for evaluation due to severe nerve pain and numbness, weakness etc etc.
I take lots of meds, gabapentin and MST, amitryptykine, tramadol etc etc.
Just wondering really how you cope? I am in pain sitting, when I walk the pain makes me feel sick and giddy. I need to be mobile as I dont want to gain weight etc. Pain meds barely take the adge off, and I dont want to be sofa bound and weaken muscles.
I use various aids, walker, crutches etc, hot water bottles, ice etc.
Would appreciate any advice or tips. I am really nervous about the thought of surgery. The gp wants me to see a spinal neurosurgeon.