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Old 01-05-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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About six months ago, I got a severe "crick in the neck". After it healed, I started getting a tingling sensation in the back of my neck. In addition, every time I turn my head to the right, I started to hear a faint clicking sound.

Then a couple of weeks later, the neck and upper back pain and stiffness set in. At first it was occasional, like only when I was using a computer. Now its all the time, and it gets better or worse depending on the day but never goes away. The symptoms are relatively mild in the morning, and get progressively worse all day. In the evenings, its sometimes difficult to deal with. It feels like there is somebody constantly on my shoulders. At first I thought it was my computer posture (which really was pretty bad before all this started). I've tried a ton of stuff, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, massages, and even going to a chiropractor. After a visit to the chiropractor, it usually feels better for 1-2 days and then it gets worse again. I am very worried this is arthritis because nothing I throw at it even phases it. Everybody tells me I am too young to have cervical spondylosis (im in my late 20s) but it can and has happened to young people.

I currently don't have health insurance so getting an MRI to find out is not an option. Any advice? Does this sound like arthritis?

Whatever it is, I want my life back, and can't imagine living the rest of my life like this.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I don't know what it is, but I've got the same problem... except I'm the "right age" for arthritis (63). I asked my doctor about it the last time I saw him, a month or two ago. His response: "It's just arthritis."

I don't trust him too much, however. He told my late wife that her headaches were a symptom of pre-menopause. A week later she died of a brain hemorrhage.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:18 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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bchris have you had your neck xrayed? I started having neck pain in my 30's. It was diagnosed as bony spurs on my cervical spine. They can cause a pinched nerve, and the pain can spread to other parts of your upper body. I do have arthritis also, and have had it since I was in my 20s. You do not have to be old to have it.
My chiropractor xrayed my neck. He does not recommend surgery.
I have pretty much learned to live with my pain, besides, it comes and goes.
I hope you find relief for yours.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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bchris have you had your neck xrayed? I started having neck pain in my 30's. It was diagnosed as bony spurs on my cervical spine. They can cause a pinched nerve, and the pain can spread to other parts of your upper body. I do have arthritis also, and have had it since I was in my 20s. You do not have to be old to have it.
My chiropractor xrayed my neck. He does not recommend surgery.
I have pretty much learned to live with my pain, besides, it comes and goes.
I hope you find relief for yours.
I have had my neck x-rayed. The doctor said everything looked normal and if I had arthritis it was in beginning stages which would only show up on an MRI. Would those bony spurs show up on an x-ray? I read that a pinched nerve would not. I used to be a cyclist and I always had pretty bad posture, so I could have pinched a nerve that way. This problem actually started with pain after long bike rides. I have since quit cycling but the damage has been done.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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Do you have a gut now or anything?

Have you tried arnica montana 30CC?
or devils claw?
tart cherry juice?
aloe juice?
less caffeine?
better support pillow for neck?

Did anyone feel for disc swelling?
Did you lift anything heavy or do twisting lifting when the pain started?
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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I would go to a chiro that takes xrays and will show you what your problem is and work on you to get you out of whack.
Sounds to me you're out of whack and may have some spine problems but only an xray of your neck AND back area will tell. Most people have spinal problems and don't know it and it causes pain in other areas as well.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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Spend the money on a MRI if you are going to go for that again. Make payments. X-rays dont show soft tissue. Also its safer for you to get multiple angles without the high radiation dose.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Sounds like a pinched nerve...they take ages to correct themselves! Of course, as you age, your vertabrae "settle" and compress, which could add to this problem. It will, most likely, go away on it's own, but can take MONTHS and months!!!
Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Before doing anything drastic or worrying excesively, do check your posture (not jut when on the computer)
Osteo doc immediately relieved daughters migranes and neck pain by showing her how she let her head "hang off" her neck.
Your head is heavy and your neck is not built to what support it.Center it on your shoulders.
See how it goes. It certainly won't hurt even if it isn't the 'cure'
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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I have had neck problems for quite a long time. everything was really good, then one day I woke up from having slept wrong and my neck is a mess again! I see a chiropractor who has a massage therapist. the massage prior to the adjustment has been the most helpful. It seems that my muscles are just too tight and over compensating. they just won't let go! give that a try, it might be helpful.
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