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I am a lady aged 74 and would like to make a few new friends to discuss "living with arthritis" . I have had arthritis for over 40 years and feel that I have coped pretty well so far. I have recently been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis and find the neck pain unbearable at times. Any tips to help alleviate this pain would be gratefully received.


  • LilymaryLilymary Posts: 183 ✭✭

    Hello Constance. Welcome to the crew. I’m sorry you’ve had to put up with this for so long, it sounds wretched. I’m a hip warrior, rubbish joints run in our family (well, more hobble than run really). I’m sure someone will be along soon who shares your condition.

  • frogmortonfrogmorton Posts: 25,127 ✭✭

    @Constance oh dear! The neck. One of the worst places in my own experience. Our heads are so heavy!

    When mine flares up I am very very careful and use a variety of things to help mostly though resting and pain relief. I am prepared to up the painkillers (and risk constipation!) at such times. I use a wheat-bag on my sore neck too to soothe things.

    Mostly I just get by though. I ditched my two fluffy pillows the first time mine really 'went' and my skin on my chest and shoulder went numb. I initially used only a rolled up hand towel in my neck when I laid down.

    Now I have one of those contoured pillows to keep my spine aligned.

    If i feel a neck flare coming on i try to head it off quickly with rest and painkillers anti-inflammatories before it gets hold of me.

    You have my sympathy ((()))


    Toni xxx
  • Hello Lilymary and Toni

    Thank you for getting in touch. I feel that I am not alone now with aches and pains. Tips given much appreciated.

    Stay safe x

  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,562 ✭✭✭

    Hello, what a beautiful name: my Mother's mother was also a Constance. I have psoriatic plus osteoarthritis and am currently mired in my arthritic nonsense but wanted to acknowledge your post. I began aged 37 and am now in my 24th year of it. DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Hello dreamdaisy

    Hope that you are having a pain free day and thank you for your comment.

  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,562 ✭✭✭

    Pain-free days are ancient history now and something for others to enjoy. I have been very busy this morning making tree silhouette cards with sparkly backgrounds which has been very gratifying. My husband has baked cheese scones which should also be gratifying. I can tell it's getting towards summer as I am wearing a cotton poncho for warmth.

    How are you spending your days, Constance? Do you find a wheat bag comforting for your neck? DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Hi DD

    I do find a wheat bag very rewarding. Waiting for an appointment to see Spinal clinic with regards to my neck. Had MRI scan just before lock down. Can't read too much or use my laptop for long periods as pain in neck becomes unbearable. Have tried doing a few Zoom meetings which has been successful. I am sure your scones were delicious. Constance

  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,562 ✭✭✭

    Reading and laptopping involve too much looking down which isn't good for us. I do not read books now due to dodgy fingers and wrists so my Kindle is a boon, lightweight and I can read lying down with propped on a pillow on my tummy.

    It's definitely summer here, the lights and the central heating are on. The scones were good - today we will be having Yorkshire Brack, a gorgeous tea loaf. DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
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