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pain in the neck

Postby derekh » Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:02 pm

i have athritis in the neck and spine and also spondylitis does anyone else have this and how does it affect you ?
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby gillshutt » Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:17 pm

I have OA in my neck, lower back, hips, hands and knees :( The FM makes it ten times worse.. I get bad headaches and the pain goes right down in to my left arm. I take gabapentin which does help.. couldn't use my left arm much before I took it.

I also find I have to sleep on my back as it's the only way I can lie without my neck hurting.. memory foam pillow helps a bit.

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Re: pain in the neck

Postby cat123 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:16 am

I have your prob,with arthritus also in my feet on top of everywhere else.I cannot bend down to a cuboard without getting stuck,sometimes you just cant avoid low cuboards,so when i do bend,not only does my back stick,when i come back up i get virtigo.this virtigo started a couple of years ago,which is due to neck problems like yourself derek.I also find i cannot kneel down anymore,even though the arthritus is not in my knees.I cannot sit in a chair without arm rests,thats really painful.I cannot sit with my lap top on my knees,due to looking down hurting.I cannot stand still long,i have to keep moving.because standing still brings on the worst type of pain,it starts in my back,and spreads,.I cannot sit long in the same position,i figit non stop.Due to pain.I hope this anwsers your question.Its hard to seperate this from the fibro,but i know now which is which.I should also add,ive had fibro over 20 years,and the latter promlem,the last few years.Ive had backake for as long as i can remember.Hot baths help,hydro therapy is the only thing to have ever helped in real pain relief.I also keep moving around the house,and try to walk outside every day.whats going on with you derek? Are you trying to seperate the the 2 conditions,it is very hard to not lump it all as fibro.According to scans ive had,they show only slight damage,and wear and tear,but it certainly doesant feel like it.Its the combinations of conditions thats causeing me grief and added pain. But hey, on we go ay?...its crap,isant it,...........cat123
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby gilly54 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:29 pm

I have arthritis in my neck, lower back adn feet. The pain in/from my neck drives me crazy. I have to sleep on my side ( left better than right) if I wake up on my back I have the headache from hell all day. I suffer terrible headaches 99% of the time because of my neck. Also get the dizzies too, have to be careful not to fall. Also have to be careful with sitting at PC etc, position has to be right or the pain gets worse. :evil:
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby gillshutt » Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:49 pm

OMG Cat you've reminded me of the getting stuck and then getting dizzy.. it happens in shops a lot as what I want it always on the top shelf or the bottom shelf and I can't do wither without the dizzies and the bottom shelf I'm there trying to leaver myself back up again... I'm sure people think I drink :lol:
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby jasongoodall » Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:43 pm

Cervical Spondylosis
i have this in my neck
the headaches i get are really bad always left sided same place
was sent for mri of neck and head and thats what it came back with .
once it starts which is like every 3 to 4 days
that day is just a mess ,tablets ,wheat bag ,resting .
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby cat123 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:43 am

I know what you mean about low shelving in shops,im 5,ft 8,its a long way down to the bottom shelves,knowing its going to be a dizzy spell just to get what ever you want off those low shelves.Ive tried to avoid this by keeping my knees together and not bending,but its no use,i still go dizzy.Ive even tried the foot shuffle,pulling stuff off bottom shelves,with my feet!that doesant work either!!!But im very handy for passing stuff off high shelves for little old ladies.As long as its not heavy.Supermarkets make mountains out of cereal boxes dont they,little old ladies just have to wait for someone tall to come along and help...............cat123
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby samantha louise » Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:02 pm

i have the opposite problem, im just a smidge under 5 foot
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby gillshutt » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:41 am

samantha louise wrote:i have the opposite problem, im just a smidge under 5 foot


I'm half way between the 2 of you 5ft 4 so can't reach a thing except the stuff in the middle. What get's me about the top shelves is that half the shops now put things so high the staff need to stand on stuff to get it down... I used to be able to climb the shelves but not any more (I'd probably pull the lot down on top of me :lol: )

I also have OA in my lower back so bending is a problem too... I need a personal shopper :D Like that's ever going to happen. I could order over the net but shopping is about the only exercise I get (I try to go everyday and just get that day's shopping so I get a walk round)

Shops are no longer designed for the ordinary shopper.. us FMers have no hope.. can't reach, keep bumping in to the rails in clothes shops, can't carry a basket need a trolley if I need more than 3 things, can't walk too far so really big shops are a pain, can't remember what I wanted so have to go up and down the isles for ages then come home with a shed load of stuff I don't want, always end up buying chocolate because I'm getting peed off at doing the shipping... the list is endless. :roll:

Also, my kitchen was put together by my hubby who is 6ft so I can't reach things in there either.. he's put shelves up for the saucepans and they are all above my head, he stores things on top of the cupboards, the cupboard with the tins in is above my head so if it's not at the front I can't see it or reach t. I've got a fold up stool (JML thingy) but it's still difficult... thank goodness my oldest son (14) is now tall enough to reach everything :D he's my life saver.

This is turning in to a rant so I'll stop now, except to say another way the OA affects me is I get "What do you want me to do about it" from my doctor if the pain gets unbearable since I'm on so many tablets for the OA and FM combined... she's so caring I could hit her :evil:

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Re: pain in the neck

Postby samantha louise » Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:58 am

gill thts what were here for!!! rant away,we all do often enough!!!
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby princess P » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:22 am

I have arthritis in my neck which causes really bad muscle spasms, i have had it for 10 years early degeneration of the cervical spine i think the g.p. called it and that was from the time i was 21. its pants. Im getting acupressure physio on it at the moment but wear a neack brace when i need to and use a wheatbag ...i think the heat is more of a comfort. Its a lot of pain to take in at once when you have pain everywhare else t oo:cry: :!: I hope you feel better soon.
Hi any one I have a preliminary diagnosis of chronic widespread pain syndrome, whatever that is but g.p. is convinced its F.M. Sending out good vibes to all . x
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby lynne » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:53 pm

Since reading the posts' that everyone writes about I have now really begun to accept fm.I have athritis in my spine,neck ,feet and sciatica.It seems that everyday things i could do now have become very painful and to be honest i have had to write a daily routine out and stick to it.Shopping on my own is a nightmare as the more you buy ,the heavier your bag !!I am in the middle of a flare,about three days now,just want to curl up and cry.Just wanted you all to know i think about you all everyday and without this site don't honestly know where i would turn.


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Re: pain in the neck

Postby auroura » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:05 am

I have alot of pain in my neck, shoulders etc. I have nothing wrong ie i am very lucky i dont have any arthritis, or anything serious like that. Mine is JUST muscles.
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Re: pain in the neck

Postby MCT » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:59 pm

lynne wrote:I have athritis in my spine,neck ,feet and sciatica.It seems that everyday things i could do now have become very painful and to be honest i have had to write a daily routine out and stick to it.Shopping on my own is a nightmare as the more you buy ,the heavier your bag !!. . .

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I have arthritis in me spine, neck and hips. I have been having more & more problems with walking which has been making shopping difficulty. I recently gave in to my friend and registered with Shopmobility (you don't need to have a Blue Badge) and it has made a huge difference to me when we go out to the shops. Quite a few supermarkets also have mobility scooters as well, I was struggling just to get a couple of things before I had to leave. I got one last time I was in ASDA which made shopping much easier. Another thing I do is to shop online at Tesco or ASDA and get it delivered (Iceland will also deliver free for you if spend more than £25 in store).
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