newly diagnosed c/s

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I am a 43 yr old woman, i lead an active lifestyle being a mum and a community nurse. 14 mnths ago i had unbearable pain in my neck, head, shoulder and mailnly right arm. My gp diagnosed a trapped nerve and gave me painkillers I had 3 weeks off work and had no follow up, x rays or physio. Sibce then I have had a delicate neck lol!...any reaching up, stretching, computer work or carrying bags caused me pain. Then 6 weeks ago i had a recurrance of the neck, head arm pain and it hasnt got better...it is unbearable most of the time. This time my gp refferred me to n orthopeadic clinic and the x ray showed \"spurs\" and narroed disc space....i have been told i have c/s. Night times are unbearable...i have tolie flat with 1 pillow and get max 2 hrs sleep at a time. my hands, mostly right hand and forearm abecome numb col tingling and painful and the headaches are so bad that I cannot bear noise or light or anyone next to me even my daughter sat next to me wriggling about as kids do on the sofa is unbearable i am awaiting an Mri scan and have started phsio. I take diclofenic, tramadol, gabapentin and diazepam....none of whicj is working. i know something is trapped in my cervical spine and wish i could have some surgery or manipulation t release it as it were. To make matters worse my employers keep asking me when am I coming back to work....I can not do a weeks shopping at Asda alone at the moment....and have been dropping things from my right hand involuntary.

Has anyone else here had surgey or injections to help...and how long will this last?...no one seems to be able to tell me any of this

Hoping you all get good pain relief and keep well.

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    Hiya, :D

    I had the op 13 months ago, it is a very painful and distressing expierience, however I am 95% better than I was, the op will not make your cs disappear but will ease things for you, it takes time to heal but I think it is well worth it.

    My neurosurgeon explained everything in detail for me, even that the op does not always work, but as I woould probably live until I was in my 80,s it would be agood idea to give it a go.

    Hope this helps, please ask aby other questions, I,ll do my best to asnswer

    TAKE CARE

    Emxx

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    Thanx for the reply...seems i get more answers frm people like u than the professionals...and coming from a qualified nurse of 24 yrs thats worrying!

    I take note of what u say and shall ask my consultant about the op....i am struggling so much and cant go on like this, even ther headaches are unbearable

    take care

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    hi I'm 39 year old female.. I have just been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis.. the pain started 6 months back.. headaches, pain in my mid back going across my shoulders down my arms and in my fingers, numbness at night times.. also pain going down my legs and in my feet. I recently bought a memory foam pillow and have had peaceful pain free nights since. I also take 2 ibropropen tables before going to bed I find it helps me alot. I struggle with the washing up and have a bad back afterwards.. I have 5 kids.. 20, 17, 15, 5 and 3. I also suffer from asthma. :roll:
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    [quote:402de40a02=\"cs bad pain \"]hi I'm 39 year old female.. I have just been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis.. the pain started 6 months back.. headaches, pain in my mid back going across my shoulders down my arms and in my fingers, numbness at night times.. also pain going down my legs and in my feet. I recently bought a memory foam pillow and have had peaceful pain free nights since. I also take 2 ibropropen tables before going to bed I find it helps me alot. I struggle with the washing up and have a bad back afterwards.. I have 5 kids.. 20, 17, 15, 5 and 3. I also suffer from asthma. :roll:[/quote:402de40a02]

    Hi,

    All sounds so familiar. Welcome to the site. Just a thought...now that youv've already felt the benefit of a memory foam pillow, you might find that you need to vary it with a nice soft normal pillow occassionally just to shift the aches around. Also you might like to go a step further and invest in a memory foam mattress or mattress topper for added comfort. Regarding the ibuprofen at night, I think it is probavly wise to make sure you always follow taking them with a light snack, just a small lettuce sandwich (good for sleep) or similar to avoid any stomach upsets in future. Good luck.

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    Hi there,

    Just read your post. I am a new sufferer too but do not seem to be nearly as bad as you are. Note that you suffer at night from numb and tingling hands/fingers - me too although I get about six hours before it wakes me up and from then on it is purgatory until I rise.

    Have you ever tried a chiropractor? I have and have great faith in them. They will not cure, but I find the manipulation and massage that they offer is very helpful. Hope you get enough relief to allow you to return to work comfortably. Take care.

    Alphamax :wink:

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