please help. I was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis about 20yrs ago and saw rheumotologist, neurologist and orthopaedic specialists. At that time I was advised nothing could be done to alleviate any of the symptoms and I would have to manage the pain, keep myself fit and live with it.
I have been on pain medications, and various anti-inflammatory drugs for all those years. Though I had to stop taking anti-inflammatory ones because of gastric problems.
I have been through the physio, acupuncture, pain management scenario's and have managed my symptoms and remained active.
In the last year or so symptoms have worsened so I have returned to my GP repeatedly to try and get further help. It is difficult to get the GP to do anything other than prescribe more narcotics but I recently had x-rays done, the first for 20yrs, which show further degeneration in the C5, C6 and C7 vertebrae (I think there is probably similar problems with the lower vertebrae too).
I am having physio again but after two appointments for traction, which is painful, I have been referred back to the original therapist.
I have now got to the stage of being desperate for some sort of alternative other than managing the pain. I am no longer able to cope with how debilitating this is.
I have briefly looked at some information about cervical disc replacement but my GP has told me that it is not an option. Im not convinced that he is saying it isnt an option because of funding.
Please help, how can I get further help? Is there some way of getting someone to take my condition seriously? Is it possible to get some sort of support? Someone to help me push for further treatment?