osteoarthritis in neck

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Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum and would like to know if there's anyone with osteoarthritis in the neck.

I have been suffering for a good few years now and its only getting worse. I'm 44yrs old and had also been put forward for a hip replacement last January. Unfortunately I had to cancel this due to depression and severe anxiety which is still an ingoing battle.My muscles have been seizing up over the last year and due to anxiety my neck muscles are very tender and unbelievably stiff. Itry to make it better by doing stretch exercises and weekly massages but hardly any results. I have put my name down for osteotherapy and would like to know if anyone has experiences into this. I am on mirtazipan and plegalin for depression and anxiety . the plegalin is also supposed to work as a muscle relaxant but I can't see the benefits. Muscle twitching and shakiness all over my body. I know a lot has got to do with anxiety but I also think that having osteoarthritis doesn't help me at all. Makes it a bit of a vicious circle.

Therefore I am looking into ways to make the osteoarthritis easier to cope and live with.

Hope you have some suggestions and or advise.

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    Get your hip done that will really make you feel better as you must be in real pain with that if its needs replacing. Friend of mine had hers done recently and provided you do the physio she has amazing movement.

    Have you asked if the hip  could be causing referred pain to your neck. get the hip sorted and the pain in the neck may ease.

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      Thanks four your reply. No i havent asked but with x rays and scans 3 yrs ago they comfirmd my neck has serious wear and tear. Just waiting for another meeting with specialist in june. The anxiety and depression set in in november and its a long very rough ride. I live and work in Spain so everything goes through the spanish nh. I cant fault m but its the same as anywhere ekse...if yoiu dont go private you have to wait. I work seasonal and am back at work on thursday. I feel physically and mentally exhausted. I have been able to realize finally that i need to find ways to get out of these torture where as before i was just relying on the meds far too much. These meds for anxiety and deoression are hell. I just hope with at least trying to start the season I will get some way of routine and rythem back into my live. I do suffer more from my neck than my hip ...strange cause my hip has been totally written off. Thats why i am desperate to get my neck looked at propper and also trying to find different ways to losen up the muscles. So far its nit going anywhere but we wont give up. Thanks again fir your reply.
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    Hello I too have depression and anxiety.  These have caused a lot of physical symptoms in the past.

    I have, over many years, been to osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists.  Last year had treatment at hospital for athritis pain as I now cannot afford to go privately for treatment.  Of course anxiety can make us tense up too.  I had lots of tests, but now accept lot of it due to depression and anxiety.  Tension headaches particularly give you a stiff neck.

    I know now I have age related osteoarthritis.  I think you will get relief from manipulation.  I know I did.  Well worth going to osteopath.  How do we stop the anxiety, that is the question?  Yes, likje you say, a viscious circle. 

    I do exercises daily at moment as flare up in my back.  I have books on the subject, and try and look up as much information as I can to help myself. 

    I am so sorry you are a candidate for a hip replacement at such a young age.  I have always taken supplements, and hope they help.  Always trying anything to help with the pain.

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