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MRI shows degenerative arthritis in neck. Have full feeling in head and ears. What else can be done?

Last week I was told by a neurologist , after a brain scan and neck mri , that I have signs of dengenerative arthritis in my neck. I have a full feeling in my head and ears that I cannot say is a headache . He gave steroids and a muscle relaxer. Now that my steroid regimen in over, I feel the same. What else can be done? I do not want to depend on muscle relaxers, I am 37 years old.
Asked On : Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Go for physiotherapy of neck and spines.
Go for short way diathermy and cervical traction if your orthopedic surgeon advises.
Take calcium, vitamin a and D supplements.
Take B1, B6, B12 injections or capsules.
Ok and take care.
Answered: Mon, 2 Sep 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

The conservative treatment for degenerative changes in the neck is as follows -

Soft Collar: Soft collar allow the muscles of the neck to rest and limit neck motion. This can help decrease pinching of nerve roots with movement. Soft collars should only be worn for short periods of time, because long-term wear can decrease the strength of neck muscles.

Medicines: Analgesic are needed in the acute phase. Muscle relaxants are essential for relieving muscle spasms once the acute pain subsides. Neurotropic vitamins like METHYLCOBALAMINE (activated Vit B12) or PREGABALIN will help in alleviating the neuropathic pain.

Cervical traction: may enlarge the disc space, permitting the prolapse to subside. Intermittent cervical traction for not more than 30 minutes at a time. Weight upto 8kg can be added.

Physiotherapy: Once the acute phase of pain has subsided, Isometric strengthening exercises of the paravertebral muscles are started. Improving neck strength and flexibility with simple exercises may lessen discomfort and pain. Moist heat can be useful

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Mon, 2 Sep 2013
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