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Pain on the back of neck extending to shoulders with burning sensation, tingling on hands. Remedy?

Hi I am Joni. I am 58 years old. I have been experiencing pain 3 fingers from the base of the back of my neck on the spine . This pain extends along the shoulder to the joint of the shoulder & arm. It feels like I have been beaten. It is very tender like bruises but no discoloration. My husband says it looks slightly swollen at times. Some days are worse than others. On the left side there is an intense tingling, almost burning sensation. The fingers tips of the first & second fingers on my right hand feel slightly tingly or numby. I am taking hormones and also on Prozac , have been on these for years. I have IBS , severe loss of hearing (since childhood) so I have noises constantly in my ears. I do not like to go to doctors, sorry, lol. I am very sensitives to drugs, the strongest pain releiver I take is Aleve . I am allergic to antihistimines. I have had this pain for about 6months. Thank you for taking the time to try to help me understand what this is.
Asked On : Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

From description , it seems you might suffering from cervical spondylosis. It is a common degenerative condition of the cervical spine. It is most likely caused by age-related changes in the intervertebral disks.

I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the cervical spine under his/her guidance to look for arthritis or other changes in your spine.

Your doctor after diagnosing the condition may refer you for physical therapy. The physical therapist will help you reduce your pain using stretches. The therapist will show you how to do exercises that make your neck muscles stronger.

You can take analgesic and muscle relaxant after discussing with your doctor.

You also need some life style modification like-

Do not sit for prolonged period of time in stressful postures
Do use firm collars while traveling
Do not lift heavy weights on head or back
Do not turn from your body but turn your body moving your feet first
Do turn to one side while getting up from lying down
Do the exercises prescribed regularly
Do use firm mattress, thin pillow or butterfly shaped pillow

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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