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I was diagnosed with CS about 8 years ago in C5 & C6, this was probably down to an injury I sustained about 20 years ago. To be honest the pain hasn't been too bad and I thought I was getting away with it compared to other sufferers.
About 18 months ago I started with a pain in my neck that is constant and I saw at least 3 GPs and they shrugged their shoulders and said, go for some physio and it'll go away. Well I did and it didn't and eventually 2 weeks ago I screamed at another GP and he referred me for an MRI.
Got my results on Friday and C4 is now involved, I have a bulging disc and a straightening of the spine at the top. I knew something wasn't right but as usual the GPs haven't got a clue and don't really care. He told me there is no cure, which obviously I knew, but didn't suggest anything to help me. The pain in the right hand side of my neck is, I suppose, referred pain from the CS, but the stiffness I get now is terrible, I can't tip my head back and when I lean forward I get terrible pain trying to straighten up again. I am 47 and in theory could only be halfway through my life, the thought of living with this for the rest of my life is pretty depressing and presumably it will only get worse if it has over the last 8 years.
I also suffer from migraines which of course the CS makes them more frequent. I just don't know where to turn next, the GP has more or less said go away and live the rest of your life the best way you can.
I have a very supportive husband who does help, but we both have own business so I work fulltime and there is no possibility of me giving work up, not that I'd want to.
Is there any light at the end of tunnel, does anyone find they have times of remission??
I've tried physio but it makes it worse
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