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.