Is cervical Spondylosis work related??

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I was wondering does anybody else have a heavy job that could've been the cause of their c s or has exacerbated their problem??

I would be grateful for your thoughts thanks ūüėĀ

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    I work at tesco and normally filling up or put on checkouts and I definatly think its contributed to my injury as does a physio I used to see. I'm currently off work this is my 8th week as awaiting appointment with spine specialist, also last year I went back on light duties which lasted all of 2 weeks. I'm only 35 with 2 young kids so for once I'm putting that first and not my job. Hope you find some answers on here and support at work its hard cos no 1 can physically see our pain so they don't listen xx
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      Hi Kelly yes I too work for a large supermarket chain...have worked nightshift for 12 years but 4 years ago I had to push heavy back stock  cages up a ramp every night before starting filling shelves every night, then a couple of years later my job was pulling pallets on the shop floor before starting filling some of them were weighing nearly 2 tonnes...

      when I started having pain in my neck and shoulder I asked for training on electric pallet truck but they never did!! 5 managers I asked!! They say if you want to be trained on anything you just have to ask! So much for that theory!!

      my neurologist nearly had a fit when I told him the kind of weights I'd been pulling, he said I definately had grounds for a claim against my company..

      some people don't know the half of what goes on in these supermarkets do they??

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      No the certainly don't , they do not care at all but when I've had meetings with personnel they promise everything I even said ify neck goes again I was told I would be looking at surgery and yet again 2 week later I was pit on a check out by that very person. I've had this on & off for 2 years and it just gets worse each flare up I'm on so many tablets that I sleep most of the time. I've had Cray & mri
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      I've had xrays and MRI showing DDD in neck & bone spurs and my Dr now thinksits in my lower back too. You should look into a cclaim as u will have to cope with this for good now and its not fare, all the health & safety meetings & rules they apply go out the window when no 1s around. Xx
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      Yes Kelly I've been off twice for bad flare ups, only a couple of weeks each time because they hound you to go back to work, I find it amazing that the people who have caused this illness  don't even give a toss about how much pain you're in or how many pain killers you have to take on a daily basis just to get you there....they might find out what hard work is if they could peel they're backsides off the chair...
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      health & safety what a laugh...I would love to put a claim in but all the ads I've seen on TV are for accidents and this is a work related injury!!
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    Hi Angela. I definitely think the job your in exacerbates the problem with CS. I worked in a factory, and constantly looking down did me no favours. I have had my condition since I was 30. I am now 60 and my CS has been flared up since February last year. I am back with the specialist on the date of my flare up to discuss my options as I have been told that surgery would be too complex as it involves too many discs.
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      Hi Lesley, yes I definately think it does too but unfortunately I can't find anything else, the job situation is chronic at the minute and I can't afford to give it up no matter how much pain I'm in...I've had 2 nerve root injections before Christmas and my pain is now 10 times worse, I have my next appointment in February with the neurosurgeon so we'll see what's next, 

      CS and two bulging discs...oh the painful joys!!!!

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      There will be help somewhere u shed definalty look in2 it as a claim will help if u need time away from work. I'm fortunate that my husband has a good wage coming in so I can be off and I only do 10 hrs a week so I'm not loosing a lot. I think they think god we all get neck or back pain but if only it was just that. I can't walk far due to leg pain and severe dizziness can't hold s book due to bicept muscle pain and finger pain, its frustrating. Xx
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    While I did work for a grocery store for 5 years as a stock clerk, like one poster wrote, and pulled pallets and tossed heavy cartons around each and every day, I had already had a whiplash injury in a Volkswagen that was totaled out on an icy road.  This was when I was 19 y/o.  Thanks to good insurance, I visited a chiropractic 2-3 times per week, who kept telling me to get a different job - one that did not aggravate my back and neck so much.  I have had chronic problems ever since, followed by a 2nd whiplash injury at age 36 when a car hit me from behind and totaled their car into mine (They topped a hill going 90 MPH and slammed on the brakes but it was too late.).  Arm tingling started that day, and that was in 1996.  A year of chiro, massage, pain pills, muscle relaxers and PT followed.  I did get better but was listed at age 37 with a 15% disability and signs of DDD.

    The DDD got worse.  In my humble opinion, the CS comes from the bone spurs and the bone spurs come from the degenerated discs.  It comes earlier for those with more physically demanding jobs, or jobs with repetitive stress injuries, such as a postal workers.  Believe it or not mail carriers have lots of issues from RSI.

    Now at age 54, my condition is chronic; luckily not as severe as what others report at a much earlier age.   Lately, I have been resorting to weekly accupuncture treatments, which while expensive ($65 US per treatment - first 15 are covered by insurance), they do work.  I am pain free when I walk out and sometimes that last for 3 or 4 days.  If I avoid anything physically demanding.

    I cannot, for example, do overhead work of any kind, such as changing ceiling fans or painting.  It wrecks my neck.  I feel for those who would, by US standards, qualify for a full social security disability. 

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    I don't think that a heavy job, or the employer, could be responsible,  or held responsible,  for C/S,  but an employer might be responsible for demanding heavy duties from someone who has informed them that they have C/S.  Most C/S seems to occur as a result of a motor accident,  or the onset of Osteoarthritis in middle age.  Heavy duties don't 'cause' it,  but they certainly aggravate it.  Because of the way that C/S is viewed iin the medical establishment,  it would be really  difficult to prove any relationship between a symptom and an action such as lifting something heavy.....and yet we all know that's exactly what happens.  With a car crash it's usually fairly easy to establish if whiplash has been caused,  but with C/S it can take years for symptoms to manifest,  and any relationship to the accident becomes blurred.  No medical professional is likely to confirm a relationship without doubt....I've never heard of any successful claims made because of C/S.
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