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Old 04-13-2009, 02:02 AM   #1
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cervical and thoracic spondylosis

I,m 43 yrs old and was recently diagnosed with spondylosis and a nerve impingement on c7. it will take a month to see the neurosurgeon but i,m in absolute pain especially in my upper right back, shoulder blades and goes down my arm and hand. at the same time i have carpal tunnel syndrome on this hand too. i couldnt sleep at night because of the pain and i dont have any other sleeping position as an option aside from lying on my back but even this is giving me so much pain. i,m taking pain killers which doesnt work most of the times and i,m doing mckenzie method of neck exercises wfor 4 days which help lessen the neck pain but the pain in the back and arms still very bad i couldnt do anything at all but cry. please help if you have any advice on managing the pain at least before i see the specialist. thanks, cecille

 
Old 07-08-2009, 09:50 AM   #2
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Re: cervical and thoracic spondylosis

The only thing that helps me is 800mg ibuprofen. I dont even take the pain pills they gave me. I know what you mean about not being comfortable in any position. I cant lay down at night when my mid section and spine hurt so bad. but the anti inflammatory meds help alot.



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I,m 43 yrs old and was recently diagnosed with spondylosis and a nerve impingement on c7. it will take a month to see the neurosurgeon but i,m in absolute pain especially in my upper right back, shoulder blades and goes down my arm and hand. at the same time i have carpal tunnel syndrome on this hand too. i couldnt sleep at night because of the pain and i dont have any other sleeping position as an option aside from lying on my back but even this is giving me so much pain. i,m taking pain killers which doesnt work most of the times and i,m doing mckenzie method of neck exercises wfor 4 days which help lessen the neck pain but the pain in the back and arms still very bad i couldnt do anything at all but cry. please help if you have any advice on managing the pain at least before i see the specialist. thanks, cecille

 
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Re: cervical and thoracic spondylosis

Hi Cecille...I also have spondylosis in my cervical and thoracic spine. I've had my cervical spine operated on and I'm now looking at the thoracic. There is a new surgery for spondylosis called a laminoplasty where the bone is removed over the back of the spine and reshaped to give your spinal cord more room. No fusion is involved. It's only available at major medical centers but is worth the travel to find someone who does it. Do some research on it and you might find that your doc you are going to see does the surgery. If not, ask about it.

With only one area involved, a simple fusion might be enough but usually the tightening up of the whole canal has to be addressed sooner or later and this is a new approach that keeps you moving, protects the cord and yet gives your cord the room it needs to move away from bad disks or bone spurs.

good luck and gentle hugs................Jenny

 
Old 07-08-2009, 02:51 PM   #4
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Re: cervical and thoracic spondylosis

Cecille19- You have the exact same symptoms that I did and I completely understand the pain and not being able to sleep. I couldn't find a place to put my arm. Nothing helped for sleeping until I was given Soma and Vicadin. (I was originally put on skelaxin, but that did absolutely nothing. The Soma really helped me alot. Just beware because it made my head swim for the first 1/2 hr. after I took them.)

One other thing that did help to relieve my pain during the waking hours which I have never seen mentioned or talked about and so I don't know how the others feel about it is the hot tub. We have one and when I would get in the hot tub my pain would lessen. I suppose it could make some pain worse as it dilates the blood vessels, but I did have considerable muscle spasms and maybe it helped to relax them a bit. I don't think it would make you worse and it might help. (Anyone else have a comment about that?)

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Re: cervical and thoracic spondylosis

2 comments on Stone's ideas.....1st...be careful if you take Soma..it's highly addictive(been there).

2nd...can I come join you in the hot tub?????????? That sounds so nice for the muscle spasms! I can't get in or out of a regular bathtub at this point and I WANT a hot tub(but my primary says it's bad for my high blood pressure).

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Re: cervical and thoracic spondylosis

Hi,

I'm sorry you're in so much pain, I really feel for you. I have lumbar and cervical spondylosis. I also had severe lumbar spinal stenosis for which I had surgery almost 3 years ago. Recently, though, my neck has started in again and sounds a lot like your symptoms. My pain is in my neck and goes to both sides, but is worse in my left shoulder area. I also sometimes get sudden nerve pains as well as tingling in some of my left hand fingers. I've not had this checked out yet, though...no x-rays or mri's done, but I have a feeling I either have a herniation or perhaps now cervical stenosis.

I certainly know exactly how horrible all the pain is as I've dealt with it for many years now and I just turned 40 not too long ago. My low back and neck problems started when I was 33 or 34. I also know how it is when you just cannot sleep or lay down at all with that terrible pain. I've had what I now think is nerve pain in my hands in the past that woke me up from sleep. I've also had severe sciatica that was 24-7 no matter what position I was in. I could not sleep at all either when I had that! OMG! Then it's a double whammy because not only are you in severe pain, now you can't sleep either and that affects your immune system, you get sick easy, you feel blah and foggy. It sucks.

I am not sure if you have nerve pain, though it sounds like you might. It sounds like yours might be following a dermatomal path, which would make sense. Do you also have muscle spasms in your neck, shoulder, or anywhere else?

I will tell you what helps me somewhat, at least better than anything else I've tried in the past. With the help of my PM and a lot of trying different combos of meds, I now take tramadol, soma, and lyrica. The lyrica is used for nerve pain and I have found it seems to lessen mine or it's not as severe for so long. I have been taking Lyrica for about a year and 1/2 now, so you might want to ask your doctor about it. There's another similar medication called neurontin. I have found that Soma is the absolute best muscle relaxer for me, anyway. It works very well in controlling all my muscle spasms and cramps. I do still get them, but not as terribly severe as before I took Soma. I currently have spasms in my neck and shoulders, and yes, it does hurt, but I am so used to pain now, plus I know Soma does help because there have been times when I skipped a pill to see what would happen and oh boy, did I get much worse. The tramadol does help a tiny bit with some of my joint pains.

Another thing I have found and have read others post..is that pain killers do not seem to help nerve pain at all. I know I have tried vicodin, vicoprofen, percocet, and darvocet in the past when I had nerve pain or sciatica..and none of these drugs really helped. The only one that seemed to help just a little was Vicoprofen (combination of vicodin and ibuprofen - painkiller and an anti-inflammatory), but it still no where near relieved my nerve pain enough. Oh yes, like someone else mentioned, the only other thing that helps my spasms somewhat is moist heat. You can buy all sorts of moist heating pads. I have one that has some little beads inside and you heat it up in the microwave. It's designed just for the neck and shoulder area and also has a tie string so it stays on (it's not a small heating pad). I heat it up, put it around my neck and it feels great. But..it only helps while the heating pad is on. Once I take it off, the spasms are right there.

 
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