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Intense pain from neck to spine, taken X-ray. Family history of Arthritis. Relief from pain?

Hi My mother is in her mid 70 s. Arthritis is in her side of the family. Recently she has had intense pain from her neck down her spine to base of back. This is continuous and all day. She is using heat packs, walks as much as she can to take mind off it but it is overpowering. Went to consultant yesterday and he put her on Solpadeine for the moment while waiting for X-Ray results taken yesterday also. Im just wondering has anyone come across this kind of back pain? Most i have heard is neck pain radiating across shoulder or lower back pain down leg but not pain from neck to lower back. Appreciate any pointers as to what this might be & any relief options if any Cheers Aidan ( Ireland )
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Hi ! With the history you have described, the nearest diagnosis which one can reach is a cervical spondylitis. This can further be confirmed by the treating doctor with the help of clinical examinations and x-rays the reports of which are awaited.
If it is cervical spondylitis, it will need some anti inflammatory drugs apart from regular physiotherapy and possibly a cervical collar if need be. However, the detailed treatment will be decided by your doctor.
Wishing your mother an early recovery.
Answered: Wed, 5 Jun 2013
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