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Wednesday, September 02, 2009 angelsnana, Community Member, asks

Q: Cervical Spondylosis/Retrolisthesis

Approximately eighteen months ago, I woke up one morning to find I couldn't get out of bed and was experiencing agonising pains in my lower back.  My doctor advised that this was due to a muscle spasm.  I then started having pains in my neck/shoulders/lower back and also pains in my knees, hips and feet.  I also began to feel unwell and had problems with dryness in one of my eyes and a persistent cough/breathlessness when walking upstairs.   I also suffer with lethargy and extreme tiredness to the point that some days I am only out of bed for approximately three hours and have to go back.  I have previously worked 12/14 hours a day without problem.  The joints on my fingers/thumbs are very knobbly.


My doctor has recently sent me for a cervical spine x-ray which showed cervical spondylosis at C5/6 with retrolisthesis of C4 on C5 and C5 on C6.  As this was the only x-ray done, I am unsure exactly what is going on in other parts of my body and am concerned because of the effect this continues to have on my daily life (let alone my income).  I am in my early fifties and female.  The doctor has prescribed anti-imflammatory tablets but I get the impression because of my age he thinks I should accept it as being part of getting older.


I was wondering whether to see a chiropractor or what other treatment may assist.




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By angelsnana, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/28/13, First Published: 09/02/09