• 12 days ago

    Arthritis pain in my neck.

    I have arthritis pain in my neck so bad, it's hard to sleep or turn my head. My doctor gave me a muscle relaxer that really hasn't worked. She suggests I get some type a series of shots that might help with the pain. I have had X-rays done in my neck and they indicate a lot of arthritis. I was on a drug that really helped but I was forced to stop taking it because it interfered with my kidney functions. My question is, are these shots ok and worth it. Any response would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • 4 days ago

    RE: Arthritis pain in my neck.

    It sounds like you could have a neurological condition called spasmodic torticollis. I've had it since 1988. Look it up. If your Dr is suggesting shots, is it Botox? Very expensive, unless you have good insurance. I got the Botox when we had decent insurance and basically it didn't help. Some people it does help. I'm at the point where I've had arthritis for years in my spine and other parts of my body. Can't get comfortable to sleep. Unless people have this type of pain they don't understand. I wish I could be more encouraging and helpful. I have several other health problems so I am constantly depressed. Husband isn't supportive so it all sucks. I get horrible back spasms, as in, it's difficult to get into bed. If I don't eat enough through the day I wake up with agonizing foot and leg cramps. My genius Dr says drink Gatorade. I hopebwhen I'm demented in a nursing home--yep--that's in the family, I can communicate to give me Gatorade. I apologize for this downer of a reply but I've pretty much had it with the medical community and my idiot husband of 38 years. Please feel free to write back. I do wish you all the best! Maybe someone can help you and me
      • 4 days ago
        Thank you for your response. The pain in my neck is really bad at times and the muscle relaxer meds they gave me help a little bit. I was told that the Botox shots may help, but not for long. I had the shots for my hip and they didn't help. I hope and pray you can get help and get better. Again thank you for your reply.
      • 4 days ago
        The Botox didn't last because it has to be repeated every 3 months. It is a lot of money. I hope you can get some relief. At bedtime I take 1 mg of klonopin, 2 4mg tablets of zanaflex, along with 2 Motrin and my heart meds. One Dr told me I was practically overdosing myself but I have to try to somehow get some sleep. Good Luck to you. May God help you through all of this.
      • 3 days ago
        u r fool
      • 3 days ago
        I find it so odd the "patterns" in arthritis; genetic? My mother is oldest of 9 siblings, she and a younger brother had painful arthritis-she is a PHD he was a bulldozer operator-ie., 100% different "job strain on bone"- 2 of 9- other 7, and 2 parents 100% none.
        The "biggest aid" is, of course, ruined - even conceptually- by the idiot abusers- Ketamine, KELAR, in MILD, mild doses during horrid pain is a great IMPROVEMENT- but since it is a sedative with a "Euphoria element"- panic worse than the 50s "Reefer madness" precludes it
      • 3 days ago
        in regard to the you suck comment, very mature. Now go back to your Lego toys. FYI--it was in regard to another post idiot
      • 2 days ago
        Y do u respond when u have no idea what u r talking about?
      • 2 days ago
        U really r a nasty sort aren't u people come for help and u hijack this thread with ur pissin' an- moaning
  • 3 days ago

    RE: Arthritis pain in my neck.

    what type of medicine were you taking that you had to stop because of your liver functions ? an Opiod ? are you a candidate for Pain Management injections like an epidural and facet joint injections and radio frequency ablations ?
      • 3 days ago
        where are "radio frequency ablations" performed, and on which vertebrae if neck and back involved?
      • 3 days ago
        It sounds like you were on meloxicam. I'm sorry you had to stop taking it. My doctor actually prescribed it for my hands a few months ago and it is the first thing that has helped my neck. I hope I can stay on it.
        The shots are probably steroids. They were suggested for my neck after arthritis was finally diagnosed as the cause of severe pain there. I was still trying to decide when I went on the meloxicam. The steroid shot did help with the arthritis in my hip for a while.