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Posted by Jim Van Tassel on May 08, 2000 at 00:55:30:

In Reply to: Re: Osteoarthritis in the Cervical spine...I am 32 posted by Sunnydaze on March 03, 2000 at 19:24:27:

: : : I guess I am writing this because I am in desperate need of some advise, support, and maybe some answers if there are any. I am a 32 year old lady diagnosed with severe degenerative arthritis in C3-C4, I am told there is not a surgical procedure in the world to help me and I have to wait for the 2 vertebra to degenerate enough to naturally fuse together. Does this sound logical?? I Don't know how long this is supposed to take, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years. All I know is that I have constant pain, and taking nsaids to control it, I guess I am looking for someone in the same boat, anyone out there???

: : As a result of an auto accident 7 years ago I am now experiancing the exact problem with my c-6/c-7 cervical discs.
: : I go to a chiropractor every 4 weeks for back & neck massage and spinal adjustment that is very helpful. I also get physcal therapy treatments whenever I can get my physician to write a prescription (about every other year), these have also been very helpful. I have recently started to take Glucosime & Chondroitin Sulfates to see if they can regenerate any of the damaged tissue. I also use a portable neck traction unit ocassionaly and that also helps as does heat packs.

Hello I'am 50 and have been dignosed with degenerative arthritis abought 3 years ago in my lower back witch causes pain in my right leg & some numness also have it in lower neck & shoulers, pain & numness right arm & left hand three fingers, I have tried Injection in my lower
back It helped for a month and relived some the pain, I had injection in my lower neck,it relived the pain in my right arm, I'am taking some muscial relaxers to help with shoulder pain also some Anti Inflammatory it helps me sleep at night. You are the thired person I have found with this form of arthritis, I'am not finding much information on the subject, I have had x-rays Cat scanes Magetic Immagene, Electrodiagnosis, Most of the people I have talked to say that fuseing the spine did not help and they did not think It worked vary well on Degenerative Arthritis and felt if they were to do it again they wouldent. I have herd their was a new treatment ware they rap the spine and verterbra and fill with something it is a vary new procidure, like I sead I have not found a lot info on this form of arthritis but I'am still looking, I undestand the pain suffering your going through I hope they find some answers soon. I hope for the best Jim !!!

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