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First of all, thanks to everybody who has posted their experiences of cervical spondylosis (CS) on this forum, you have all helped me through a period which has lasted over 12 months not knowing if I was dying of cancer, heart attacks or sleeping in a draught.
It started about 4 years ago with a few central chest pains, (by far the most scariest of all my symptoms), after visiting the appropriately named \"open chest clinic\" my heart was deemed as healthy'ish. The pains disappeared until January 2008 and then came back with a neck ache. Ignoring the neck ache as a \"posture\" concern my doctors sent me for another ECG, heart was still there and pumping well! His next idea was to give me gastro acid reducing tablets for a few months (I was complaining of Indigestion and trapped wind as a symptom too). On top of that he decided to treat me for high blood pressure and give me amitryptilene (for the still painful neck), I was now a walking zombie, so I decided to bin the amitriptilene. Finally x-rays were taken of my neck in June and the results read out by the doctor were, and I quote \"slight inflammation of the neck joints\". Frequent and very costly trips to an osteopath and physiotherapist done nothing except drain the bank account savings and my pains in the neck gradually grew worse. A trip to the Endoscopy department was his next plan, no luck there either, so the stomach tablets are stopped too now.
During this 11 month period I didn't know what was happening from one day to the next, the pains were usually worse when seated, the chest pains and pains in the top of my head come and go and I constantly feel \"unwell\". Alcohol works...cannot get it on a prescription though and don't want to go down that road anyway. Pains/discomfort travel all around my upper half in a figure of eight, sometimes stomach, sometimes chest, sometimes lower back and always in my upper back or neck but very rarely together. I feel light headed but not dizzy, nauseous but not sick and the weirdest of all I feel terrible after a bath!!!
Just been to see a new physio now and he called the surgery who read out the x-ray results and he turned to me and said \"you have CS\". I don't feel any better but at least I know what it is!!!! Still loads of questions to ask, but I feel better for knowing what I have. 1. Are all of my symptoms linked to CS? 2. High blood pressure and Ibufuren are not a good mixture, what else can help? 3. Why does a bath make me feel unwell?
4. Why has the pain come on so quick, this time last year I was perfectly healthy and had only been to the doctors five times since leaving school ( I am now 45). I have been 10 times last year alone?. 5. Why is it worse when seated, I have had controllable pains over Xmas and my 1st day back to work today and I am in agony again?
Any suggestions would be gratefully received....Happy New Year
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