• 6 months 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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  • 5 months 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
      • 5 months 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.
      • 5 months 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.
      • 5 months ago
        u r fool
      • 5 months 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
      • 5 months 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
      • 5 months ago
        Y do u respond when u have no idea what u r talking about?
      • 5 months ago
        U really r a nasty sort aren't u people come for help and u hijack this thread with ur pissin' an- moaning
      • 5 months ago
        dud get a life your constant whining that u can't get drug is very boring and tiresome please stop hijacking threads nobody wants to hear u
      • 5 months ago
        they arelooking for support fuckwit
  • 5 months 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 ?
      • 5 months ago
        where are "radio frequency ablations" performed, and on which vertebrae if neck and back involved?
      • 5 months 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.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Arthritis pain in my neck.

    I too have arthritis within my upper & lower spine. Steroid shots are common and probably what your Dr is recommending. They worked well for my back but not in my neck. Everyone is different; what works for one may not for another. Good luck
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Arthritis pain in my neck.

    I also have arthritis in my neck & spine. Sleeping is a luxury, because it is so hard to get into a position that's comfortable. Both hips hurt & I fractured my left pelvis a couple of years ago so sleeping on the left side is out. I get 3 hours of sleep at a time, and cannot nap during the day. Doctors have changed so much. We had one that we loved for 10 years and then he retired. My small town doesn't offer much in good doctors so you get what you get. Pain Management is 120 miles away & my husband drives & he is 67 & has RA, and I am 62 & had a Local Doc here for 8 months who made fun of the way I walked, took one of mt Metoporol ( Heart Med) away to accommodate his Oxycoyin 20mg twice a day, made my heart skip. I had a heart attack in 2014 so hated that, and he also had me on 3/10mg of NORCO. I stopped his Oxycotin and just took the 3 NORCO, we didn't get along at all. I found another doctor in the meantime. When he found out I stopped his Oxycotin and ONLY took the 3-10mg of NORCO, he said he wouldn't treat my pain. I made up my mind that he wasn't going to FORCE ME TO TAKE ANY TYPE OF PAIN MED THAT I DIDNT LIKE, AND STOP ONE OF MY HEART MED. My heart doc was furious! I turned him into the State after looking him up online he had been suspended several times for Drug Abuse! The State told me what to do. But this Doc wrote me up for "Abusing pain MEDS", which was impossible because they print out your script & call you every month to pick it up! And I never even called to have the Oxy filled that last month! I "Under-Abused his drugs", and now I gave this in my file. Just found that out a couple of weeks from Pain Management that we drive to every month, 250 mile round trip. We are both so stove up when we get home from the drive, we hardly feel like eating. What is Wrong with these Doctors? My town doesn't have a Pain Management October. That doc who gave me Oxy is just a regular Family Physician. I disliked him the first day, then it just got worse. I like the New lady Doc I see & I like my Oncologist who does my blood work every 3 months, have seen her for 4 yrs & we get along fine. She also referred me to Pain management, they had a small office here in my town & were going to expand here, but that never happened. So the long 250 mile trip is not worth it, but the Norco really helps. Not constantly, but takes the edge off. My osteoarthritis pain is so bad I walk bent over at the waist & Use a 4-wheeled Walker to walk upright, because my spinal chord protrudes terribly, and my neck is always down so looking up isn't easy to do. It's miserable. I sympathize with you. My husband doesn't support me at all either and has Road Rage all the way for 250 Mike's & Keeps me a nervous wreck by the time I get Their and then on the way home. I miss our old Doc that retired. We had my MEDS adjusted perfectly, now starting out all over I keep getting them adjusted again. I just wish I could be on my old regime that finally worked! But the CDC is coming down so hard on benzopeines, Diazepam helped my neck better than anything, and is the best muscle relaxer out there. Good luck to you and I hope you can find a doc who will listen. I am still working on it!