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Have neck spasms, frozen and painful shoulder. Cause and cure?

hello im a 60 year old female and over the last few years have experianced neck spasms then a frozen shoulder ,pins and kneedles and avery painful shoulder i v had to wait a year !and had an mri scan , and ultresound ,to find that my vertebrers have large spaces , and now the other side has started to trouble me again ,my notes were miss placed and ,at last i am waiting to see a spinal surgen,and very worried of the outcome as the waiting has been a long time and now my pain is has been difficult to controll ,is it common for the opposite side to go the same way,as of yet i havent a name to research for my problem. ?
Asked On : Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Welcome to the forum.
From description it seems you might suffering from cervical disc herniation. The following is the treatment protocol options available to you:
1. First line of treatment for a cervical herniated disc is to take care of pain. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) or COX-2 inhibitors (e.g. Celebrex) can help reduce the pain. For patients with severe pain from a herniated disc, oral steroids (such as Prednisone) may give even better pain relief. However, these medications can only be used for a short period of time (one week).
2. Additional conservative treatment options for a cervical herniated disc include-
*Physical therapy and exercise- Exercises can be used to help reduce the pain in the arm. In the initial period a physical therapist may also opt to use modalities such as heat/ice or ultrasound, to help reduce muscle spasm.
*Cervical traction- Traction on the head can help reduce pressure over the nerve root.
*Chiropractic manipulation.
*Osteopathic medicine.
*Activity modification- Avoid activities like heavy lifting (over 50 pounds), activities that can cause increased vibration and compression to the cervical spine (boating, snowmobile riding, running, etc.), and overhead activities that require prolonged neck extension and/or rotation.
*Bracing. In some instances a cervical collar or brace may be recommended to help provide some rest for the cervical spine.
*Injections. Epidural steroid injections or selective nerve root blocks can be helpful to reduce inflammation in cases of severe pain.
3 Surgical interventions may be recommended when all conservative measures fail.
I adice you get it examined by an orthopaedician or spinal surgeon and treatment option according to that.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
You can consult me again directly through my profile
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Gustav Gous's  Response
Your problem is caused by entrapped nerve roots leaving the spinal column. Yes it can spread to the other side. These conditions are collectively known as radiculopathies . This can be caused by problems with the vertebrae, the discs between the vertebrae or the joints between the vertebrae. Treatment is often conservative. I trust your problem is solved soon.
Answered: Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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