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Hi everyone. I've been a CS sufferer for over 15 years now, it was discovered 5-6 years ago after 10 years of physio when it never got better and I was in obvious decline. Anyway, long stort cut short; I was offered surgery (fusion of 3 vertebrae C5-7) but after researching it's effectiveness I decided to go down the conservative route as there seemed to be more people who were just as bad or worse following surgery. I've managed pretty well up until now. I'm currently having another flare (I get a couple or so a year) and have new symptoms including 3 fingers and thumb with tingling/prickling, previously it was just my forefinger and thumb that were numb. If I turn my head to the right, the prickling moves up into my upper arm and I have horrid nerve pains all down that arm and shoulder blade with each breath in. I already take amitriptyline at 50mg per day and pregabalin 150mg twice a day. I know I can increase the doseage, but really don't want to if it can be helped. I'm hoping it will die down again, but I'm worried I may be in decline. A typical flare for me is usually an increase in my usual symptoms, this is the 1st time I have had new symptoms, hence why I'm worried.
How do your flares affect you and how long do they usually last for?
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