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FRUSTRATED AND SCARED

Started by bkerleystone on 03/25/2011 12:22pm

I am a 31 year old mother of five. I have recently been diagnosed with cervical arthritis and i am waiting to get blood test results to see if its rhumitoid arthritis or not. It took me over a year to get someone to take me serious about the pain ive been in. The first dr treated me for tendinitis and the after that didnt work he took me off my pain meds andsent me to a spinal surgeon the spinal sergeon did an xray and then an mri and finally figured out what it is. My problem is i have no insurance and i dont qualify for any help and i have spent my intire savings trying to figure this out. Now i have been refered to a pain treatment center they said all they can do is a shot of steroids into my neck and this shot is going to cost me over $750 and it could take several shots. im out of money and i cant afford this shot now i have no where to turn my regular dr gave me 3 months worth of pain meds and told me to save up for this shot but the more i read online about it the less i want to get it. I m in so much pain all the time pain meds only dull it but make me sooo sleepy so i can only take it once in the morning after the kids go to school and then once at night and i dont like the way they make me feel either i guess what im wanting to know is does anyone know an alternative i could look into other than these shots im so tired of hurting all the time

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May I ask have you been offered any counselling? The reason I ask this is because you sound extremely stressed and as we all know stress can be responsible for a lot of our pain. At least try couselling and before long you will feel the benefits and it won't cost you as much in the long run. If you can eleviate yur stress then you will eleviate your pain.

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I had chronic neck pain for years and doctors also ignored me. I now have degenerative disc disese in my neck from all the stress and neck pain I lived with for so long.Good luck

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I have never had it but Accupuncture may be a alternative. I have a pain pump and so many fusions in the neck and lumbar that I'm loosing count so accupuncture wasn't really a alternative for me.

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