I’m posting here for the first time. I’m 55 and have severe disc space narrowing at C5-6 and C6-7, with uncovertebral arthrosis (both sides) and mild stenosis of the right side at both levels. I believe this to be the cumulative result of years of sports injuries, compounded by an auto-immune deficiency. After years of living with the pain, it recently got much worse, and now I have a constant tinnitus to go with pain that varies from moderate to extreme, plus frequent dizziness and numbness. The doctor says the deterioration is dangerous, and has referred me to a spinal surgeon. I’ll let you know how that goes. But first this comment on painkillers: Opioids, I’ve found, kill the pain for a few hours, but make it even worse after they wear off. It happens to me every time I use them. Recently, I’ve just put the stuff away. Here is what I did/do instead, and it helps a lot. First, cut way back on coffee. For whatever reason, doing that helped me a lot. Next, learn to actively relax when the pain is coming on. Here’s how I do it. Lie on your back on a carpet with a very small pillow or pad beneath your head. Find the perfect, balanced placement of your head while lying absolutely flat with your arms straight but at an angle, palms up. (Don’t stretch anything.) Now, begin breathing very slowly, filing your lungs from bottom to top with air, consciously feeling the muscles at the top of your chest gently expand and contract. Take your time, feeling your breathing expanding even the muscles in your neck. Find a good, gentle rhythm. At the same time, focus your attention on the tension in your neck, which you will find right where that nasty pain is located. Identify the tension – it’s not the same thing as the pain. Understand, your challenge is to completely relax it away. You can achieve this pretty easily, but as soon as your mind drifts, the tension returns. Keep working at it – identify it, breath slowly, and relax it away. I imagine the tension as a shadowy piano string of tightness running up the right side of my neck. As I breathe it away, the pain actually flickers on and off; my goal is to relax the area until the pain is gone completely. It takes practice, but I am getting pretty good at it. Work at it, understanding that there are mechanical causes of your pain – not just inflammation. Help yourself by releasing the pressure on those poor compressed nerves! Norco or Codeine, Percoset or Oxycontin – they’re not really your best friends. But focused relaxation can be.********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
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. Year, Your age, etc
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. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
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. Name of Medication
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Warning:
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Some of these products may be very effective, but no two individuals or medical conditions are alike. What works for one, may cause trouble for another..
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