Cervical Spondylosis at 20 years old...

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After two years of testing and treatments, I've finally been given a diagnosis. Cervical Spondylosis. I have 3 bulging discs, and bone spurs. I have tried almost everything in the book at this point. Medications (anti inflammatory, pain, muscle relaxers), physical therapy, cortisone injections, compressors, home remedies, etc. Nothing has helped me, and I am really wanting to get a surgery, as I think it's my best option at this point. I've been to several different specialists, and all have refused for different reasons. "You're too young", " you haven't tried literally everything yet" "your nerves aren't messed up enough", etc. In summary, I've basically been told my doctors, "you're screwed, sorry, but here are some referrals for possible temporary fixes that'll cost you even more money". I feel so lost. I'm in constant pain. There are times when I drive that I can't even turn my head to check my blind spot. I can't work to the best of my ability anymore, and am having to cut down a lot of my physical responsibilities at work. Because of that, I have to find a job that would still hire me despite these issues. Doctors don't seem to want to truly help me with this. I don't know where to turn. Does anyone have any advice with this? I really don't want to be living with this 40+ years into the future...

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    Hi i m from india.... i hv c.s. from last 6 years...!! I m now 27... it hppnd at the age of 21... !! I ws suffering from shoulder pain for 4 years.. aftr tht i go to orthopadic doctor.. aftr examining symptoms and x ray he said i hv cs.. & my life started to bcm hell..!! Bcz it is permanent disease..!! Even main problem is it spreads to shoulder.. so tht v cnt able to do simple data entry work..!! I belongs to middle class... so i mst hv to work....othrwise i cnt survive..!! So by luck i got computr operator job... with les work.. bt i also hv kidney stone prblm.. so i leave tht job due to pain.. 😭 nw i m jobless.. with 3 more diseases... 1)restless leg syndrome 2)allergic asthma 3)stomach ulcer .. i manage rls,,allergic asthma bt c.s. and ulcer ruined my life..!! I lost 7 kg(14pound) due to ulcer... and cnt able to gain weight..!! Bt c.s. is the worst disease ...!! Nobody even family members nt able to understnd my pain..my sufferings.. !! I m hving regular thought of doing suicide....,,bcz i dnt think i hv other option bcz i m financially weak... so cnt live life without doing work.. i wll bcm burden on parents....!! Only we c.s sufferers knws the pain of living like 100 plus old peoples life....

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      Hi Satish55555,

      We note from a recent post which you have made to our forum that you may be experiencing thoughts around self-harm. If we have misinterpreted your comments then we apologise for contacting you directly. But if you are having such thoughts then please note that you are not alone in this, and there are people out there that can help.

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      Thanx for ur reply...!!!! Most population of India remained poor. .. bcz of corrupt politicians and over population...!! Thts y to survive middle class peoples has to do hard work.... and still they get low salary.. !! still v cn do hard work,,,,but due to deseases like cervical spondilitis... simple routine work eg. Driving looks like impossible task...!! Thnx to countries like us,,uk who understands sufferings of peoples.. even animals..... and helps them..!!

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      Dont know why god created diseases like c.s. in which young people feels like having body of 100 plus old ...!! We can understand people above 50 ... but young people also getting these deseases.. !! Also scientist are going on mars but cant able to find medicine to reverse this condition....!!

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    I just got diagnosed after 1 year of pain. Doctor says I'm too young to have this and I feel so sad. I'm a personal trainer and i wanted so bad to build but had to stop lifting when the pain intensified.

    I feel so bad that i may never be able to continue that journey but I hope I'm able to manage this incessant pain without giving up.

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    Usually the only permanent solution for c/s with bone spurs would be surgery. But, even thats not always long term as sometimes the fusion may become unstable and require further plates and screws at adjacent vertabrae. I would think that is the main reason for hesitancy at your age group.

    My only real pain relief is my butrans patch, 10 microns of morphine 24/7.


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