Imagine holding a bowling ball all day, everyday, over your head. Can you feel your shoulder muscles getting sore? Can you imagine walking to work, sitting at your computer, cleaning your house, playing with your kids, and all the time holding that bowling ball over your head? Well, that is essentially what your neck is doing all day. All day, everyday, with few rests in between when you lie down, your neck is holding up your head, which actually weighs a little more than an average bowling ball. In addition, if you are like most people then you probably don't walk around with perfect posture all the time. You probably tend to carry your head in front of your body. If you do, then it is more similar to holding the bowling ball in front of your head--which is even harder!
It is no wonder that so many people develop neck pain! However, just because you have ne...
“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...
Diseases that fall under spondyloarthritis umbrella are ankylosing spondylitis , reactive arthritis (known previously as Reiter's syndrome) psoriatic arthritis and psoriatic spondylitis, and the arthritis or spondylitis associated with the inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease . Still other patients may develop undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. This means they have symptoms or signs of one of the illnesses above, but don't develop the full blown disease. The disease most frequently begins between ages 20 and 40, but may begin before age 10. It affects more males than females. Risk factors include a family history of ankylosing spondylitis and male gender. Symptoms of Spondyloarthris The disease starts with hip or low back pain that comes and goes and is worse at night, in the morning, or after inactivity. Back pain may begin in the sacroiliac joints (between the pelvis and the spine) and involve all or part of the spine. Pain may go aw...
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