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Pain in the neck

I have arthritis. In my knees and my back, and now my neck. For years, I've watched both my parents become increasingly disabled, and I know I am d00med. D00med. Last week, I went to my orthopedic specialist who could instantly whip me into an X-ray machine and have pictures of my skeleton popped up on the back-lit board fifteen minutes later. But diagnosis is easy. Intervention, that's harder.

Physical therapy is always their first line. Last year, I learned a series of exercises to strengthen my back. The clinic offered me a nerve-numbing procedure, but it was too expensive and painful for something that might only last six months, so I nixed that. This week, I'm returning to PT for my neck.

I'm doing what I can to change my environment. I recently got a new, ergonomic chair for work, and one of those neck-supporting pillows for my bed at home. But the chair I lounge and write in at home has GOT to be replaced. I've jury-rigged pillows to fit under my knees and under my neck and under my lumbar, all in an attempt to compensate for the chair being arthritis-unfriendly, but what I need, since I use that chair constantly and for long stretches, is something genuinely ergonomic.

Only problem is, ergonomic recliners are also mega-expensive. I am perfectly willing to spend the money on a chair that will work for me, but I have had bad experiences walking into stores, trying out chairs that seem all right on the show room floor, and then are killing me two weeks later and can't be returned (usually, because they're customized in some way).

I will ask the physical therapist for recommendations about how to buy a good ergonomic recliner, but really, I'm not optimistic.

To top that off, somehow I also managed to pull a muscle in my shoulder, and that's making sitting and turning my head even more of a pain. Will mention it to the PT.



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Oct. 22nd, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
good luck with it
Oct. 22nd, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll need it.
Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:59 am (UTC)
Ouch! Hope you can find something to help you.
Oct. 22nd, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Medicine's current response to arthritis seems to be a combination of physical therapy (strengthening muscles to deal with bone/joint weaknesses) and pain killers. I am cautious about the oral pain killers, though. Last year, my mother suffered a massive ulcer brought on by her arthritis meds.

The other intervention--numbing the nerves that get pinched by the bone spurs--seems temporary at best and painful to go through. Trying to avoid that route for the time being.
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Oct. 23rd, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
I don't eat many of those things. But I am prescribed anti-inflammtory meds.
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