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I am a 46 year old woman that has recently been diagnosed with Cervical Osteoarthritis (Cervical Spondylosis) Neck arthritis.
I began noticing something wrong in Nov. 2018, I thought it was just a pinched nerve and that is would go away. In Feb 2019 the pain became so unbearable, it ran down my right arm and my shoulder burned. I was so uncomfortable that sleeping was the worse. I had to start sleeping completely flat on my back with no pillow. At this time I was working as an account manager for a fine art shipping and storage business in NYC. I sat at a desk in a cubical for 10 hours a day for 4 years at a high stressed environment, Just writing about it makes my neck hurt. At this time I was also offered a job as an operations manager at a gallery in Soho and I decided to take it. I have always been a labor worker, I was a waitress for 12 years and for 10 years I had a business doing interiors in homes. I knew that I had to get off my butt and move throughout my work day. I now climb ladders and move small works around and I have little to no stress. I also ended my 7 year relationship because I just wanted as mu stress as possible out of my life. I no longer drink throughout the week and save those time for nights out with friends that are few and far between. With all these changes I can say 75% of the pain is gone and I start Physical therapy next Monday. I also have an appointment with the surgeon in a week. I want to know what that entails so that I can do my best to avoid it.
Now.... I need to know what kinds of foods are helpful, supplements, etc., best exercises, tricks that have help others. I also need to know when I should begin looking into surgery (if I need to do that at all)? I do not want this to get worse and I wait to long and there is serious damage. Any adv
I am an artist and my right hand is my creator, if I loose any loss of that arm it will be devastating to my life.
Please help a scared newbie