After attending the ER in February with numbness and tingling on the entire left side of my body from my face to my feet, I was sent off for and MRI and diagnosed with left foraminal narrowing at C4-5 resulting from disc and uncovertebral joint disease & bilateral narrowing at C6-7 due to disc and osteophyte formation and, facet degeneration at L5-S1. I was glad it wasn't a stroke, like i had initially thought, however the pain since then wont go away. I was told I have fibromyalgia at 18 but the pain would come and go so I never thought anything of it and because my joints have always hurt, I thought it was normal. However it has been over 2 months and I am in pain every single day, there hasn't been 1 good day to break it up. My knees grind and crack, the left is the worst of the two, mu hips lock up, my shoulders are tight, I get achey wrists and elbows and my ankles are often stiff so walking down stairs is difficult sometimes, so I usually take the lift at work. Sometimes people make fun of my laziness but I tell them I'm thin enough not to need to take the stairs and that usually shuts them up. I struggle with sleeping and I'm always exhausted which would be fine if I was 70 odd and retired but I'm 32 with a mortgage and no one else to pay it for me. I'm seeing a rheumatologist for the first time next month and I am unsure of what to expect. My biggest dilemma is that I hate medication and the dopey feeling, I also have a crazy fear of dependancy and although I have to take pain killers sometimes, I will usually avoid them unless I physically cannot move or am close to tears. I have a really high pain tolerance and can handle it as it is now, and although some days are a greater struggle than others, I can still work and walk but if it gets any worse, I don't know what I will do. I've been using plaster bandages from the asian shop, they are covered in dragon balm which has a really strong smell, I stick them along my upper and lower spine and leave them on for a few days. They help me to be mindful of my posture and I find relief in these but I obviously can't walk around with them stuck on every joint and the smell isn't pleasant. I was wondering if anyone has any non-pill-popping ancient remedies or suggestions that help? Or ideas on how I can stop this progression?