Like many of the rest of you, I am (was) an active 56 year old woman until 2 weeks ago. I began experiencing alot of pain in my neck and right shoulder with pain all the way down to my hand. I imagined a pinched nerve because the pain in my arm and wrist was almost constant and very, very painful and the source of the pain was in my neck or the base of my scull area. I went to my massage therapist first and was hoping that would help but unfortunately it didn't help at all. Then I saw a chiropractor but that provided no relief either. Finally after a week, I went to my GP and he inferred a week of pain is not enough to warrant a referral. He sent me for an xray which revealed arthritis in my neck and narrowing in the C6 and C7. Since I very rarely even go to a dr I have no idea what this means. He gave me pain meds which, though I hate taking, provide me the only relief from this unbelievable pain. And I am to start physical therapy which I have to participate in for at least a month before I can be referred. Does anyone have any suggestions for homeopathic help or any herbs/vitamins that might help. I have been told ginger and turmeric can sometimes help. Anyone have any success with that? The pain meds knock me out so I can only take them when I can lie down somewhere for a couple of hours but it does give me a few hours of minimal pain. They take me from about an 8 or a 9 to a 3 or a 4 on the pain scale. My activity level has changed dramatically and I looking for anyway possible to get past this pain and start living a normal healthy life again.