Hi, I'm new to this site and just wonder if anyone has any advice for me. I'm a 41 yr old female & last week dr told me I have OA - from viewing xray a significant amount of arthritis in my lower neck & spine (xray only taken of my neck area so far). I've been in real pain now for the last 8 weeks at least. I've also been experiencing pain in the area of my coccyx on & off for the last few years too but put this down to my job. I'm a little concerned this may now all be connected. My dr is writing to the consultant so I'm just waiting for an appt.
At the time I am popping pills constantly to help with the pain but its not really helping. I've been Gabapentin 100mg 3 times a day, Ibuprofen (should be 3 times a day but feel like i'm constantly taking them)! & co-codomol which i cant take as its knocking me out which is impossible with a small child and working to manage! I'm feeling tired but as i work shifts its difficult to figure out if its work / pain / medication causing the tiredness.
My dr was very sympathetic and I'm seeing her again next week to see how i'm getting on with the pain management. I'm just curious if you have any other suggestions to help me manage this.
Also my dr said this is a "flare up" - does that mean the pain will eventually go - but possibly return? I dont know much about this and if i'm honest just gutted I've been given this diagnosis & the thought of dealing with this pain constantly is not something i cant comprehend right now - but i do know it could be worse so staying positive through the pain!!! x