Saturday, February 27, 2021

Pain in the neck

Remember I said I had some neck pain? I needed some new prescriptions from my doctor and what would have been a telehealth phone call, a COVID innovation, I wanted to see him personally about my neck pain. Is it a cancerous growth pressing on a nerve? Doc sent me for an xray and it seems I have osteoarthritis in my upper spine. 

Isn't that just so terrific to be diagnosed with an incurable disease! Some of you know what that is like. 

Last evening I took two pain killers which gave me some relief. As I woke this morning at 5am to go to the toilet, my neck was fine. At 7am I cried out when I tried to raise my head from the pillow after further sleep. It has been like that most mornings for the last few weeks. I sat on the balcony in the cool morning air and I couldn't turn my head left without great pain. A hour later, almost all pain had gone and my neck just felt stiff.

I am not sure the doctor's diagnosis is correct and I feel like the pain will go away in time. I am trying to learn to ignore it, but to be on the safe side, I'm learning about arthritis from Dr Google. I am also remember that five years after a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment, my father died at my age. A pain in the neck is better than death.

I saw a physiotherapist yesterday, one who I saw a few of years ago after I injured my back. She knows her stuff. My doc has put me on a five visit care plan for no cost using our public health system for chronic medical problems, so physio visits won't cost me for a while. Physio is not normally covered by our health care system.

Arthritis or not, I am not going to let it stop my life, but gosh it can hurt at times. 

31 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:14 am

    Ailments like osteoarthritis and sciatica (which I have) are bad in themselves but worse because they are intimations of mortality - the end is coming, Roderick

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    1. Roderick, I too have sciatica which is ok at the moment but I have to be so careful about what I do. Yes, a precursor to the end, but it is interesting to step outside of yourself and observed the ageing process and your own deterioration.

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  2. The incurables are a pain in the fundament - and in your case the neck. I do hope that the physio gives you some relief. And that it is lasting.

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    1. EC, between her ministrations and advice and my own common sense, today was the best for weeks, and no pain killers.

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  3. Ouch! I've had neck surgery before for a disk herniated both into my spinal cord and to the left. But the herniated disks send out radiating pain, down the nerve its crushing. If its just neck pain, maybe it will go away.
    I hope it does.

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    1. I hope you are right Strayer. Would you say the surgery was successful? Such surgery often isn't.

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  4. I think the physio can help you sometimes it's just a stiff neck and with gymnastic it will go away. If it is a nerve then you have to do a scan !

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    1. Gattina, I thought it may have been a nerve but now I don't think so.

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  5. In the past I've had neck pains from using the computer too long. An electric adjustable standing desk has helped enormously because I can now stand up or sit down and vary the height in both positions. I can even kneel. I also had a bad a back some time ago but have tried to adopt ways of protecting it (e.g. always find support from a solid surface when reaching) and exercises that help.

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    1. Tasker, I could probably do a standing desk. Not staying in one position for long is a key, I think. Thanks for the information. It is helpful.

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    2. If I may post a URL, I wrote about my initial experiences at https://www.taskerdunham.com/2018/01/my-new-ikea-bekant-sitstand-desk.html and I'm still very happy with it.

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  6. Hubby went physical thearpy and found out his front musules was quite bit stronger than his back ones. Two times a week for six week, plus home exersise got him strighten up pretty good.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. That's good Dora. There are so many crackpot cures for such things, but he went with medical advice.

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear you have something that can't be fixed. There are topical pain relieving creams you can use that might help. I'm on a Health Care plan too with offers to visit a gym just across the road from the doctor's clinic. I know I should, but it's a bus ride there and back and what if all those fit and slim gym people laugh at my wobbly fat bits? What if they put me on a treadmill and I fall off?

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    1. River, I tried creams for my back when it was bad and I didn't find they helped. There are often gym classes for older people and I guess they would be at about 11, the time when older people get their act together and go out. A good gym won't put your wellbeing at risk.

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  8. That sounds nasty. I occasionally get a painful 'stiff neck', but it always goes in time. My only constant neck problem is that I can no longer turn to look behind me when in the car. My neck simply refuses!

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    1. Cro, as mine used to go after a couple of days, but not this time. Reversing cameras are very useful for those with neck problems. I doubt I could turn my neck now to look behind me, and so I rely on the camera and mirrors.

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  9. A good physio can work wonders Andrew, you never know, after five treatments you might feel a lot of relief, fingers crossed!

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    1. Grace, I am doing better and I hope you are correct.

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  10. Getting old isn't easy, but for most it beats the alternative.

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    1. Old age is a doddle :) Except for sciatica, which is worse than the alternative.

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    2. It does Travel, until you reach a certain stage.

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    3. Hels, I know very well how bad sciatica can be.

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  11. I hesitate to offer up suggestions because everyone is different, but I have found some relief in a home tens unit. Ours cost about $45 and it does ease my back and shoulder pain.

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    1. Debby, I know of them but not anyone who has used one. Interesting.

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  12. Sorry to learn this Andrew. I hope that the condition allows you plenty of phases of comfort when the pain and stiffness are relegated from your thoughts.

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    1. YP, some improvement and I hope for more.

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  13. Yikes! I hope it goes away in time, as you said.

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    1. Steve, it will probably never really disappear but I need to learn to live with it.

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  14. Ageing is such a bummer.

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    1. I really can be Marie. We must make the best of it.

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