Neck osteoarthritis and symptoms

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Hi everyone,

I've recently been diagnosed with neck and spine osteoarthritis but early stages. My neck has been stiff and aching for at least 9 months and since doing exercises as advised by my physiotherapist my headaches have become worse and my head muggy and sometimes dizzy. I have also been feeling nauseous at times with my headache. She thinks I have a posture problem also because of working on a computer for many years. My rhuematologist doesn't want to see me again and has advised om painkillers and cream. Some days I feel too ill to leave the house and others days I'm ok. I can put up with the pain but it's the other problems that worry me. Has anyone else experienced the same as me. I am slowly losing my confidence and my anxiety is returning. I think I need reassurance most of all. Thank you for taking the time to read.

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    Hi, I know how you feel. I am suffering with strange sensations in my neck and upper chest which scares the life out of me. Tingling ,sharp and dull aches. Feel really anxious . Have an appointment with rheumatology next week, so will hopefully get to the bottom of it. Really, really getting me down. Stressful job as well is really not helping .
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      Sorry about the unfinished messages, technical hitch. When I saw my rheumatologist it was a huge relief for me, even though the news was not great, I could at least stop speculating. Hopefully you will feel the same after your visit. My neck still aches and I hear crunching sounds in my ears when I turn my head but I have tinnitus also. The exercises are helping because I have felt better in myself for a few days now. The latest thing I have noticed is that when I turn on my right side in bed I feel a little giddy so I avoid sleeping on my right side. I've read that cervical spondylosis can cause this. I find a wheat bag on my neck just once a day helps, maybe you've tried it? Good luck with the rhuematologist, hope all goes well.

      Best wishes

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