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LolaCrayolaLolaCrayola Posts: 152
I have cervical spondylosis, is this arthritis? I am in pain all the time, referred pain, is this what I just have to live with? I take codeine, paracetamol and amytriptiline. I can't take NSAID. I have my doctor this week and a specialist appointment in 2 weeks. I use a tens machine, without the drugs the pain is unbearable. I know that complete pain relief is an unrealistic expectation, but sometimes I feel sick with the pain.

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  • CJHunterCJHunter Posts: 1,038
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Lola, welcome to the forum :smile:

    I do not have a clue about your condition, sorry. Talk to your g.p about other pain meds, there are more out there than what u r taking :shock:

    Before sttending appointment it might be an idea to keep a pain log, Anky has a good system which she is usualy happy to share.
    And remember, Write everything down, if you are anything like me you will forget :wink:

    Nice meeting you.
    Clare xx
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  • helpline_teamhelpline_team Posts: 1,964
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Dear Lola,

    Thank you for your post to Helplines. My understanding is that your condition is osteoarthritis affecting the neck (upper part of the spine). I realise this can be an extemely painful arthritis. I am attaching a link to some information here.
    http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis_information/arthritis_types__symptoms/neck_pain.aspx

    If you private message or email us your full name and address there is a lot more information we can forward to you. Many people their day to day wellbeing can improve by using self management techniques. We run classes covering these
    http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/LivingwithArthritis/Self-management

    On the forum you can find good day to day support (I wonder whether you've posted on 'Living with arthritis' yet?).

    If you'd like to talk about how things are, then please feel free to ring us.

    I hope we can help further.

    Guy
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