Cervical spondylosis

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I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis early on this year after countless visits to the doctors and specialists. I was shown an x ray pointing out the areas of wear and tear on my vertibrea in my neck which apparently explained the pain i am getting in my neck shoulder and arm ( on my right side). Apparently the vertebrae have shards of bone which are causing the discomfort in the above mentioned areas. Huh!!! Discomfort!!!!! I'm in bloody agony!!!!! I am now unable to move my arm without pain and any sudden movement causes a spasm so severe that it makes me yelp like a dog!!!! I have constant pain, numbness and strain on my right side starting from my neck through my shoulder,arm and into my fingers. The pain also goes into my chest and under arm muscles. Sometimes the pain is so great that i cannot move that side of my body and i am semi - imobile. This is now affecting my work as a special needs teaching assistant and i am concerned that i may not be able to continue my career. I sometimes wonder if there is anything more sinister lurking beneith this diagnosis as i feel so unwell sometimes. Maybe it's just depression, but i do sometimes wonder whether i will be around to outlive my kids as i feel so bloody ill all the time. Does anyone else share my fears and discomfort or am i just a bloody hypocondriact???? Pardon the spelling but i'm pissed off and a bit pissed too !!!! Had the family round 4 dinner and the wine flowed a bit too much!!!!

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    hi sharon i have exact same symptoms as you i know how much it hurts! i sympathise greatly, i have been on sick leave from work since feb as i,m a homecarer and unable to carry out my normal duties and i love my job im broken that i cant return as yet- i was diagnose with disc prolapse and another disc bulge in my neck after what seems like endless tests first xray which showed some wear and tear then a carpel tunnel test because of the weakness in my arm then on to a mri scan all of this took 18 mths to complete i am now waiting for neurosurgery- been waiting since feb for it hopefully it will happen soon so i can get my life back. the pain and unable to do things gets me down. but your not alone. if your not happy with your diagnosis ask for a second opinion. wish you well gail(disc prolapse topic)
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    Hey there.

    My symptoms are exactly the same as you. Permanent ache in my neck, tight burning sensation at the back of my neck by late afternoon, horrible permanent dull ache in the top of my left arm, and any fast movement (when I forget) sends a pain so sharp that the howl of pain sends the cat scuttling as far away as she can get.

    I've forgotten what a full nights sleep is, as I wake up atleast three to four times during the night to either heat up a heat bag, pick up my arm and move it somewhere else that doesn't hurt as much, and previously to take more painkillers. I've taken so many that I started to get allergic reactions, so I've had to knock those on the head now.

    I feel down sometimes too, and have been known to sit downstairs having a good sob in the living room in the middle of the night - Now I know what it means to 'have your health' after years of taking it for granted.

    I too hope it doesn't mean the end of my job. I downsized a couple of years ago to get more quality of life, and now this - sods law isn't it.

    Im hoping that the osteopath can help somewhat (when they get round to contacting me) and that taking supplements such as Omega Fish Oils and Glucosamin/Condroitin will aid me somehow - and one day they may bring out a painkiller that works, that doesn't leave me feeling bloated, sick, and leave me with an attractive red rash.

    Otherwise, book me in to have my arm removed please.

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    hi lin know about that one(having a new arm) when it first happened i told the gp if i,d had a wire i would have cut my arm off it was so severe. like you i,m starting to get reactions to all the meds-tramadol i had urine retention and had two bad infections within 3 wks with codeine i get a bad rash and constipation cant take anti-inflammitries they irrate my stomach im so down with it all and beginning to think there,ll be no end to it. its a bad state of affairs when we,r left in pain for this length of time god its2007 . any advise????????????????? gail
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    Hi Gail,

    Not much advice from me at the moment Im afraid, Im only new to it, so still hope (rather stupidly) that there might be an end to it. When Im not down (which to be honest does only tend to be in the middle of the night when I feel so sorry for myself), I try to think positive and just get on with it. Not always as easy as it sounds though is it?

    Im currently typing this with one of those bit curly heatbags wrapped around my neck like a scarf as it appears to be giving support to my neck but also the heat seems to be helping. I don't think working at a desk does however and i do keep getting odd looks lol, especially as its so warm today.

    I can't get my left arm up much more than half the way, so I have to get my husband to help me get dressed/undressed. Its a bit like the blind leading the blind - as I don't know what movement is going to hurt me this time, so we have to dress me by the rate of yelps. Its funny sometimes, but other times I feel like a two year old having to be dressed by her dad.

    I go on holiday in a week and im dreading the five hour flight with this arm and neck - wish I could pack someone elses to put on.



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