Does anyone have arthritis in their neck? Mine has been killing me for a month or so. It's difficult to turn my head to check traffic when I'm driving, or to look to the side or behind me if someone calls my name. I can't really tell if it's the bones, or muscles, or a pinched nerve. I don't have any tingling/shooting pains in my arms. I have a heating pad for neck/shoulder that is absolutely wonderful, but it's only good if I'm sitting still. I sometimes use the Thermacare neck pads (self-heating adhesive pads) but my hair always gets caught in the adhesive.
I see the rheumatologist in a month or so; I'll bring it up at that visit. Any ideas?
I have that too, but do not have the courage to bring it up.What kind of pillow do you use? I was having horrible pains in my neck then hubby got me a memory foam pillow and I only have that pain once in a while [QUOTE=kelsaysmommy]What kind of pillow do you use? I was having horrible pains in my neck then hubby got me a memory foam pillow and I only have that pain once in a while[/QUOTE]
I also have arthritis in my neck. My family Dr had xrays done on my neck a few years ago. I kept telling him it ached so bad especially at night. Rummy also told me at my last visit, that he saw arthritis in my xrays. They didn't tell me anything I could do for it though. I've been using a little travel pillow rolled under my neck at night and some nights a heating pad, some nights a cold pack.Hi, if possible you might ask to see him sooner. Yes, I have both kinds of arthritis (RA & osteo that showed in xrays), it can be very painful and probably means your 'meds' aren't working well enough. do you think? good luck Lynda (I think the fog is getting me, but it is about to come to and END.)It's damn near impossible to move up an appointment at my rheumatologist. As for my neck - it seems like it might be some sort of muscle strain. It doesn't seem to have the same type of burning pain in my hands/feet/wrists. I've never had neck issues before. I think I'll sign up for a massage at the gym this weekend and see what that does for me. Perhaps I'll get a pedicure while I'm at it! So far it looks like we don't have anything scheduled this weekend, so I'll be able to take it easy. Are you on a muscle relaxer? Flexeril has saved my neck (hah, what a play on words!) We're suspicious that I'm developing RA in my neck, and my muscles may be compensating and that's where my strain comes from. OR we're clueless. Either way, my neck hurts like hell a lot. And a muscle relaxer has been the only thing that's helped.
The last time I set my neck off really good, I needed computer glasses. I was tilting my head way back to use the 'close' prescription in my no-line bifocals. (I didn't realize I was doing it.)There was a gap of about 3 years between needing bifocals to read books and needing computer glasses to read the screen. The far part of my prescription had worked fine on my computer.
I find 'splinting' my neck with a towel or a soft neck brace helps calm things down. It took months to go away. The key is to keep your neck straight and your head balanced on top - don't tilt head forward or back. It is like danging a 20lb bowling ball from that little stalk of a neck. When possible support the neck to rest the muscles.
I really hate the neck thing.
Sleeping on your stomach is bad for your neck. But I wake up every morning on my stomach anyway. I have one of those U shaped neck pillows that I heat up in the microwave and it feels really good. Heat just feels good period on my neck and shoulders. The pain goes right up into my head and every night I'm practically immobilized by it. It sucks.
When I just can't stand it for another minute I'll take a naproxen. Some of the side effects cause me to only take it when I'm desperate. I've tried Flexeril and it didn't seem to work before but I have a new prescription and I'm going to give it another try. As I've said before, I'm scared. I don't want to be an invalid like Ruth Bell Graham who had OA in her neck and spine and was bedridden for the last 2 years of her life.
I hope you feel better soon.Yeah, I have the same problem. It gets better when I am on Humira or on high doses of pred. But I can hear a fluid swish around in my neck when I move or try to move it. If I sit up for long periods of time, I cannot move my head to either side, and then my upper back/neck/shoulders get tense and it makes for a lot of pain and problems for me. Which is what I was going thru last night. But today it is managable. And I still hear that damn fluid swishing sound. It is much louder when my neck is loosened up. It is weird to hear. I have severe OA in my neck- partly from a car wreck. I have a TENS unit that helps when it really gets back. I also have some stretching exercises so it does not freeze up. Probably a couple of doses of Mersyndol would do the job. I don't know if that is what it is called in the US, I think it is, but it is a combo of 8mg codeine and muscle relaxer. I find a 3 -4 doses of something like that, 2 tablets taken four hourly will compound and it should relieve the pain. Even if you have to do it for two days until it's gone. This would probably be especially effective if you believe it is muscle pain. But the muscle relaxant part will make you drowsy. [QUOTE=arriscolwell]Are you on a muscle relaxer? Flexeril has saved my neck (hah, what a play on words!) We're suspicious that I'm developing RA in my neck, and my muscles may be compensating and that's where my strain comes from. OR we're clueless. Either way, my neck hurts like hell a lot. And a muscle relaxer has been the only thing that's helped.
Rebecca, whats a TENS unit? Sorry I'm kinda new to all this.
Thanks, LoriOK...copied this from another source:
I, too, have severe OA in my neck and throughout my spine. The doctors have been trying for years to find something to help ease the pain. Any movement of my neck, sounds like gravel in places, and rocks in others.
I tried a TENS unit several years ago and it caused me to have worse pain. But I know a lot of people find them very helpful.
Arthritis can cause you to have pain in the nerves and muscles, too. The bone spurs that grow around the vertebre, with OA, can narrow the paths where the nerves are and put a lot of pressure on them. Nerve pain can be very hard to treat.
I have been on Methadone and Morphine IR for quite a while. Before now I was on most other narcotic pain meds at some time or other. The meds ease the pain a little, but not enough.
I am currently seeing a new pain specialist, who my med group sent me to. He has been doing diagnostic nerve injections and facet joint injections to see where the pain originates. The lumbar injs. were not conclusive, but I've had the cervical spine ones twice and the are now awaiting approval for radiofrequency ablation. This burns the nerves that are causing the problems (hopefully) and is supposed to ease the pain for 9 to 18 months, at least. Then the nerve may begin to grow back.
But I would be very careful about getting a massage or chirpractic until you have, at least, x-rays of your neck. It's possible to do more damage than you already have.
Good luck. Please let us know how you are doing and if you go to the doctor, what they find.
Be well, Nini
I had the radio frequency ablation a few years ago. The injections were done and took my pain away, then I got a cervical ablation.
It was great after recovery from the procedure, but my nerves grew back within 3 months. Drat!
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RHUEMY GOT MY MEDS RIGHT IT HURT BUT IT HASN'T HURT
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I too suffer from the dreaded pain in the neck. Muscle relaxers and vicodin help alot. I have one of those neck thing a majings that you can put in microwave and I use it all the time. It helps. I do neck stretches often. I put my head down and slowly rotate my head in a circle. My neck pops and cracks when I rotate my head around in a circle but it feels better after. People can actually hear it when it pops and crackles. It really grosses my daughter out! LOL
I hope you get to feeling better soon!
Lynne, Thanks for the info. I had not talked to anyone who had it done. I would even take 3 months of not having this pain.
I never considered that there would be a recovery period
Thanks for the info!