Re: arthritis in the neck
Hi Bek, I'd try to get an MRI of your neck. An x-ray doesn't show as much as an MRI shows and if you have arthritis on x-ray, have neck pain & problems, and have had a host of low back/lumbar problems (esp requiring surgery), I'd just feel safer getting a clearer picture of what may be going on with your neck. My neck x-ray also showed mild arthritis in my neck, but an MRI just 2 yrs later showed extensive damage requiring urgent surgery (NOT saying you might have extensive damage, just trying to illustrate how an MRI can show so much more than an xpray). Also, I had a back x-ray only a month or two before my lumbar MRI was done and the x-ray didn't show much at all, the MRI sure did (I had back surgery, too). Your neck might not have anything further than the x-ray shows, but just in case, I'd get an MRI. With a clearer picture, it may help get the best treatment for your neck.
Good luck, Meghan