I have been reading your site with great interest. I am in fact emailing you about my mother who has severe arthritis in the neck. She lives in France and there does not seem to be equivalent associations for help with regards to living with arthritis.
She retired a short while ago and was looking forward to activities such as gardening, playing the concertina ... and has not been able to do any of these activities as she has been crippled with chronic neck and wrist pains. Her doctor is nice but doesn't seem to offer any advice about her condition apart from wearing a neck brace. She uses maximum doses of paracetamol and aspirin but is allergic to pain killers such as ibuprofene. Her doctor refuses to prescribe physiotherapy because he says he does not trust them and they could do more harm than good. I would be really grateful for some advice as I do not have the knowledge to help. I have read about items such as magnetic pads or infrared self treatment but do not know how effective they are. I have also read about the TENS machine but aparently it should not be used in the neck area. The Alexander technique seems great but does not exist in this area. She decided to look at special armchairs and then decided they were too expensive ...
I look forward to hearing from you.