Cervical Spondylosis at 63

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Hi,

been lucky most of my life not to have had any major illnesses just aging aches and pains which are bearable. However, a couple of months ago I had pains in my shoulder and went to my GP who said it was " probably a frozen shoulder" and to take paracetomol. It got worse so I had an Xray and as told it was just normal aging. I asked to see a physiotherapist as it was getting worse and obtained the Xray report which showed CP.

He says it's a trapped nerve and needs regular therapy till it becomes untrapped. Anyway it seems to be getting worse and I'm wondering if there's any better therapy and what is the best pian relief for this eg paracetomol or Ibuprofen. I was given Nexoprene which was like taking acid and don't really want any strong ophids.

Thx for reading.

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    I have Spondylosis and had a trapped nerve; never known such pain in my life. Could not sleep from Pain. I demanded and I mean, demanded (had to threaten to contact my MP if they would not refer me) to see an orthopaedic surgeon who prescribed me Pregabalin and it literally, I feel, saved my life!

    It 'reprogrammed' my brain to think there is no longer a trapped nerve. I was on it for 9 months but eventually was weaned off as I hate popping pills if not needed. I was warned that the pain might start up again as it does in some cases, but I was lucky and my brain still thinks I do not have a trapped nerve. That was over 2 years ago.

    Be assertive not aggressive; demand with a 'smile'.

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    Thx Jeannie, I'll bear this in mind, great reply. First thing is to see how the physio goes. i can sympathise with you about the pain, it's ludicrous in this day and age that these things can't be controlled.
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    Hi,

    I have had physio 3 times since my diagnosis. Still needed the Pregabalin but we are all different, I've learned that much. Let us know if the physio helps your trapped nerve.

    Good Luck!!

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    hi..... has it been suggested to have an mri scan... ?? appreciate the x ray will show the discs, i had an mri and then the neuro guy asked for an xray after.

    in my case the mri showed spinal compression.........

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    Hi Chesh,

    After seeing various private physios I finally got to see one on the NHS. Within 5 minutes he diagnosed the problem as Shoulder Impingement Syndrome which can be due to injury and general wear and tear. Went on Prednisolone and it has made the movement and pain so much better. Some people think pred is Satan's spawn but for me it has really worked.

    For people suffering with CS. All the online remedies show an operation as the best solution when it gets too hard to bare. Has anyone on here had an op and what were the results?

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      hi bladeboy- me 65 so similar to yourself.............

      There are few if any posts with members having had a acdf or acdr - as there is no play in my c5 c6 it has to be a fusion....... unlike others on the forum i do not have pain in the neck or shoulder.

      I have numb rt hand, and 2 small finger tingle - the numbnes worse at night, i do have a minor balance problem - not always there and rt habd clumsiness, + handwriting scrawley !!...

      I went for ' spinal stenosis ' which yes i do have the leg pain, can really only sit, walk no more than a few hundred yards, and cannot stand in one positin on a hard floor for more than a few minutes.... yes it will be done BUT advised the csm HAS to be done first - as there is spinal compression - which can lead to irreversable conditions !!

      So pleased you have relief.......

      Ches guy

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