Anyone in early 20s with this issue!! Need support! How do you guys manage the daily chores!!and manage a normal life

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Anyone in early twenties with this condition?? How do you guys manage ipthe pain with your jobs?especially small chores like carrying the grocery bags? This might not seem like a big problem but for me it is,can't carry any weight, and how does the condtion affect you mentally?

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    Hi there, I have had this condition since I was 17 I am 30 now and I know exactly what you are going through. It was mentally tough for me as I had to give up my dream of being in the police force but I learned to accept it and I decided I wasn't going to let it beat me.

    I found strangely that keeping active helps me the most, unfortunately I can't do as much as I used to but swimming was always a help and low impact exercise I found loosened me up and eased the pain. Massage has been by far the best relief shame it dosent come free on the NHS. Don't sit around too much as it will make the pain worse that's what I have found.

    As time goes on the acceptance will come and I kind off just learnt to ignore the pain as much as I can, I have my good days and my bad days.

    If you have any questions I am happy to help where I can smile just don't let it get you down

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    hi I am not in my early twenties no more but I have had this since I was ten and I could manage the pain better then as I think you can when you are younger I used to climb hike and walk every where and basically do things kids do but as you age it becomes harder to not think of the pain .discomfort I find now sometimes it seems as if there is more bad days than good but try and go to a pain management group if you can and there will be other people like you and also some with other kind of pain but it does help to talk to others about it and you will not be judged I found that some people look at you and think there is nothing wrong with you but as they say don't sit and fell sorry do a little bit every day and don't go mad because there is always tomorrow to finish it off and if you take one day at a time you will manage your pain and feel better for it https://patient.info/forums/graphics/icons/emoticons/lol.gif
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    Omg!thank you guys for showing support,it's just been a year for me since my diagnosis,and I can't stop thinking about how I am going to live my whole life with it. People think i am perfectly okay and just making up excuses for not doing anything,I keep wearing soft collars to ease my pain,it's terrible. Especially when I think of conceiving my first baby .is my pregnancy going to affect my condition?sad and is this condition going to affect my intimate life toosad
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    no I don't think it should affect you conceiving as I have had three children all grown up and flown the nest as they say and as for the intimate side no it should not. if you are not convinced have a chat with your gp try not to think what you cant do but what you can do but not at a break neck speed (so to speak) when I was pregnant I used to go hiking walking (hubby used to say waddle) but I know it might be hard to do at this moment in time but try and think positive and look forward go to your he will probably have some information on pain management clinics in your area and not only will you be able to talk to other people you will most likely make new friends as I have done so good luck with everything smile https://patient.info/forums/graphics/icons/emoticons/biggrin.gif
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    Thankyou so much,it's such a relief smile just curious - how did u guys get cs at the first place at such a young age? At 10 and 17!! My condition is the result of three years of bad posture while using laptop sad
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    Not a clue how I got it doctors were pretty shocked too rolleyes I was a very keen sportswoman so not sure if that had anything to do with it!
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    What did it begin with initially ? What were your mris? Mine is a bulging disc at c5 c6 .not sure how worse is it going to get and how soonsad
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    I started to get constant pain in my right shoulder that extended into my neck my MRI showed deteriation of c6 from what I remember as I haven't had an MRI since! I am currently bein referred again after a lot of begging but the doctor now thinks I also have fibromyalgia so need to see a specialist about that too!

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    mine started because had operation on spine @10yrs because of curvature of spine I cant have mri scan as it will displace or move steel rod in my back (so drs have said) as it goes from top of my neck to base of spine (at least I have good posture) a friend of mine has fibromyalgia I met her at the pain management clinic and she is not very old that is the thing with the clinic you meet people with different pain and no 1 judges you because all pain is different even tho every 1 looks "ok" at 1 point a lot of years ago I did get down and I was depressed about what the future held and I must admit a few thoughts went through my head but then I thought there is always some 1 worse off then me at least I could walk talk and I had three children then a good few years ago my oldest son found out he has curvature of the spine as well then the guilt kicked in but as they say it turned out ok he was about 12 when we found out now tho he is 33 n working as a joiner(look @ me going on a bit now) but every thing is possible eek eek
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    Hi all, sorry for the late post, as i have joined the forum today smile

    i am from Jordan -so excuse my English- and a medical student and 20 yo.

    i have had cervical spondylosis since the age of 17, but found out about it 1 year ago because of stupid

    doctors who just kept saying everything is normal without even looking at the mri. When the pain got severe i went to specialist and told me i had cervical spondyosis from c1-c7. I was shocked and became depressed because there is no cure and studying for college became the worst pain ever. Also, i think i am developing lumbar spondylosis as well. the pain is so severe sometimes i can't sleep.

    what really annoys me that my family always think that i am just making it up and won't believe i have the

    condition.

    i would really appreciate any advice.

    and again sorry for any grammatical errors.

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    Ahh yes ,I can feel the pain.my family is the same,always thinks I am making it up.

    I'd suggest you to take antiinflammatories for a month ,get some physiotherapy sessions..start doing regular exercises recommended by a physiotherapist or doctor,

    Focus on strenghtening your affected muscles.

    Get a cervical travel pillow and cervicaly contoured cervical pillow.

    All this has helped me Alhamdullilah .hope it works for you iA

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    Thanks for the reply and the suggestions.

    Bur that's the problem, i can't take any antiinflammatory drugs because i have kidney problems. If the pain is unbearable i will take paracetamol, which mildly relieves the pain .So i have to live with the pain.

    I bought a cervical pillow as i have lost the cervical curve, not quite sure if it helps.

    Do u recommend a "kneeling chair" to relieve pain while studying?

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    I am sorry to hear that sad

    Is it okay to take codeine in your case? It's a great pain relief drug.

    Cervical pillow helps a great deal with correcting the curvature of neck..my neck muscles are very weak and I have severe neck muscle spasms.so this kinda supports the neck muscles while you sleep.and sleeping flat on my back has helped me with the morning muscle stiffness. No harm using it.

    Kneeling chair shouldn't be a problem,- take up anything that eases your pain

    And don't worry we are all with you in this pain.smile you ain't the only one smile

    But ask your doctor regarding any anti inflamatoory drug possibly steroids ..u might as well have a lot of inflammation

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    Thanks for the suggestions, and the reassurance.

    i don't sleep on my back but will try. Also i will begin exercising , hopefully it helps.

    I will ask my doctor about the drug.

    Thx for the encouragement, it really helped smile

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    With me, I don't experience pain often, just strange sensations and fatigue. The one thing that I do at night which does help me is taking the muscle relaxers that the doctor prescribes. Its helps me sleep well so I am not thinking about or focusing on the strange sensations. However, when I wake up in the morning my legs do feel like jelly and I try to do some stretches to help that situation.
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