Hello, I have been having sharp throbbing pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders. This pain has been going on for a few weeks. I also have bad pain all around the top of my head. The pain occurs at night and in the morning when I wake up and usually last all day long. It may go away for a couple hours throughout the day but it does come back. Other symptoms I am experiencing is nausea, occasional tenderness, I feel emotional and vulnerable, and there is pressure in my head and I do feel it when I move it or sit still. I do not feel any pressure in my eyes or any vision problems and I do not hear any swishing in my ears. I have tried over the counter medications such as Advil, Aleve, and Excedrin migraine. But none of them work. I have also been experiencing shortness of breath in the morning for the past few days, feeling very cold before going to bed and a sharp pain going across my upper abdomen. I have gone to the doctor and he wasn’t very much help...
“Lene, you’re a neurological accident waiting to happen.”
My rheumatologist had ordered X-rays of my neck and the results showed that my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had made the top joint unstable. This was how the doctor told me. They wrote an order for a CT scan to get more detail. Then I waited six weeks for the scan and another six for the results. Thankfully, the CT scan showed that the joint wasn’t in fact unstable.
I refer to those three months as the time my head was loose.
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RA and spine joints
When it comes to the spine, RA can be either a pain in the butt or a pain in the neck. There is some disagreement in rheumatology about whether RA can affect the spine itself or if it should more accurately be called rheumatoid spondylitis, ankylosing spondylitis, or even osteoarthritis. However, there is agreement that RA can affect the two joints in the spine. One is the sacroiliac or SI joint . It is located...
hanks to advances in pain control, shoulder surgery can be done on an out-patient basis. Interscalene nerve blocks, a form of regional anesthesia has made the postoperative period much easier. Pain is blocked after surgery from the upper neck to the elbow. There is less nausea, and the patient is more alert and able to move. These two factors allow for earlier discharge. But there are some disadvantages to the nerve block. Sometimes the patient loses motor control and function until the block wears off. Nerve damage can occur but remains unknown in the recovery room. In this study, researchers compared the nerve block to a patient-controlled pain device and report the results. All patients in both groups had shoulder surgery under general anesthesia by the same surgeon. The operations were done on an outpatient basis. Several different types of surgical procedures were done including rotator cuff or labral repairs, subacromial decompression, and joint manipulations. Regional anesthesia l...
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