Does anyone have a pain in their neck like I do? It's at the base of my head, burning and squeezing. It's worst while sitting, better while lying, walking or standing straight. I think it's osteoarthritis, at the very top of my spine, but no one else I've met has similar pain. This has been going on for almost a year.
Yes - I have that too! Mine is osteoarthritis of C1 and C2. I had pain for a year or two as well, and just thought i was majorly stressed out all the time. But I finally went to the doctor, and she sent me to a spine specialist, and I had xrays, MRI, and CAT scan, and found out what it is. it's awful! I am going to go and get a steroid injection into my neck to try to ease the pain. good luck to you!
hello to you both. i felt the need to step in here and make a suggestion. i have treated many people with your same complaint and have gotten excellent results. the problem may very well be that you have restricted motion in the upper cervical spine. a simple and extremely safe chiropractic adjustment could very well eliminate your problem, often after just one visit. i don't know if either of you are familiar with chiropractic techniques but i must say again that it is very safe. much safer than any medication you are now taking. look in to it and let me know how you do. good luck.
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Before you go to any length with chiropractic or meds or injections, first find out what is causing it. I went to a chiropractor years ago and I shouldn't have cuz the next chiro wouldn't touch me! I have radiculopathy and facet joint disease in C1 through C7 and some thorasic and chiro does nothing but make it worst and thanks to a chiro who knew his stuff and wasn't interested in making any money off me but only helping me he saved me from further damage. I get injections periodically and physical therapy. Some thing are best left alone. As my chiro said "Do no harm" and he meant it. So first find out and make sure the treatment you will get does not cause further damage.
what nancy says can be true. however, those cases are rare and your chiropractor should be able to tell you on the first visit. also nancy, you might want to look into other chiropractic techniques. there are some very light force or no force techniques that could benefit you. keep in mind that those injections and medications you mention can have some very serious side effects and can also cause nerve damage if not done properly. all types of care have some drawbacks and need to be investigated thoroughly.
Do not go to a chiropractor until you have been diagnosed. I went through many tests, and several doctors, and found out that a Chiropractor will make my neck worse. I had gone to one years ago, actually, which may be part of the problem, who knows. But I was specifically told that a chiro will not help my situation, w/osteoarthritis at C1 and C2. good luck, and see a doctor, get xrays, etc.
sorry to contradict you donna. i am a chiropractor that has treated many people with "arthritis". many medical doctors call what they don't understand arthritis and have done with it. these same people then come to me and after a thorough examination and xrays (they can bring the ones from the medical doctor) i have managed to help them become pain free in a very short time. there are a few instances where chiropractic may not be appropriate but they are in the minority. it is also much safer than any drug that may be prescribed with the danger of injury at 1:5,000,000. having worked in the medical field for 30 years prior to becoming a chiropractor i can also tell you that many medical doctors are still prejudiced against the practice even though there is a great deal of research out now attesting to its effectiveness and safety. look into it.
I would not go to a crackerbraker, They sucked more money out of me and my insurance company AND DID NOTHING! To me that is a rip off, They are in no way a Medical Doctor, They just want you to keep coming back and coming back, Just ask your Doctor and see what they say about them THEY CAN NOT FIX OR CURE ARTHRITIS and dont let them fool you. I fell for it and got sucked in and wasted a year of my time and money. And feel worse then when I started.
No disrespect to you Traveler. But I have seen the xrays/MRIs/CAT Scans, and I saw the gap between my bones on one side at C1 and C2, where there was not one on the other side. I don't think a chiropractor can do anything about putting bone cartilage back in place - and that is the source of my pain. Maybe i am in that small percentage that cannot be fixed by a chiro. That is why I am telling Theodora - get Xrays, and find out the problem. Good luck to all,
Thanks to all who replied to my neck pain comment! I appreciate it. When I went to the chiro, it helped for a few days. But then the ortho doc told me to never go back; I could become paralyzed. I'm working less, walking more, resting, and getting massage. Pretty depressing but hey, it can always be much, much worse, I keep reminding myself.
By the way, does anyone have a recommendation for a myofascial/cranial type massage person in the S.F. Bay Area (east bay)? Thanks.
I had absolutely astounding results with an upper cervical chiropractor for my chronic, long-term neck pain. My neck was a mess and I felt it every single day. I cracked and popped my back and neck all the time to find relief. Thanks to the very unique upper cervical adjustment (no twisting, popping, cracking, manipulating, just a simple adjustment to the atlas) I am leading a much better life now than I was during my very painful young adulthood. All I can say is, why didn't someone tell me about this technique 15 years ago! That's why I'm posting, because I wish more than anything I would have been under this care long ago, it would have saved me so much pain and suffering. I would say before swearing off chiropractors that you interview a few and see how you feel about them and make an informed decision as to whether you want to go or not. I'm often amazed at how many chances we give to medical doctors by continuing to visit them, continuing to try new drugs, continuing to get second and third and fourth opinions, yet we are so quick to judge one chiropractor instead of trying to find a decent one, and believe me they are out there and are doing wonders for people like me. Judging from some of these posts there must be some real bad ones too. I think if you set up an appointment to meet with them you would get a feel for whether you feel comfortable with them or not. The ultimate decision is up to you and I would not accept scare tactics (either from a chiropractor or medical doctor) to not choose one over the other. The statement that you could become paralyzed from a chiropractor is a scare tactic. I've read up a lot on the subject and chiropractic is extremely safe when done by a chiropractor-and yes it is hands down safer than drugs and/or surgery. Especially the technique I've noted here. If you are going to condemn chiropractic you should base that decision on sound information, not rhetoric. You may be scared out of doing what may turn out to be the best thing you could do for your condition. Good luck with your neck pain, I hope you find relief whatever choice you make!
I have neck problems, also, bone spurs, spinal stenosis. Anyway, ice helps me temporarily. I have a neck wrap I leave in freezer (fabric covered)and I wrap it around my neck and tie it was an old tie around my neck for about 20 minutes 3 times a day. It does help me, then you can alternate heat.
Hello I also wanted to reply to this posting, I have been haveing severe pain in my neck and also down my left arm for about two weeks now, and Monday I had a small accident in my driveway, I did the splits in the mud and after my husband picked me up I couldn't move my neck it hurt so bad. After I went to the doctor that same afternoon and had some x-rays the xrays showed that I have severe degenerative arthritis in my neck, he is going to order a MRI for me and see if there is anything they can do for the pain. I can't even watch tv or eat dinner or just sit down with out being in sever pain. So all he told me to do now is keep taking the Lortab 7.5 and also the muscle relaxers. I also have OA in my ankles, knees, legs, back, tailbone, fingers, hands and now in my neck. I get so tired of hurting constantly. I wish you the best of luck. I will let you know if I find out anything through the MRI.