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OA in neck

Hello to all forum members

I'm new to you and have been recommended to join by a friend. I'm female and 60 and 23 years ago was diagnosed with premature degenerative changes in my neck. At that time I had two young children so didn't think much to the remark made by my doctor that I would have permanent head pain and be in a wheelchair much sooner than I would want to be.
The only advice he gave me was not to paint ceilings or go to air shows. And he was the best doctor in my surgery at that time. Anyway, over the years I have received very good osteopathic treatment and with careful self management have led a normal life and I'm not in the wheelchair yet. But, my neck over the last 18 months has become much worse and the osteopathic treatment only lasts about three to four days before the pain in the head comes back. I'm going to ask my doctor for an up to date x ray and in the meantime I have ordered a special support pillow and one of those 'U' shaped cushions to use when travelling in the car, as it is jolting about in the car which seems to set it off. Is there anything else I can be doing to help myself?

I have recently been doing some family history research and found numerous relatives I didn't know I had. I hope to visit some of these relatives in the near future. The journey is about three hours and I really want to go, but the thought of the headache that I might have by the time I arrive is putting me off the trip. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

J H Hobart


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