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Suggest treatment for disc problem with arthritis

Hi my name is Cynthia Richards, I have been diagnosed with arthritis, osteoarthritis, I have had 2 neck SURGEYS,now I have problems at discs 6&7. I have all kinds of shoots, dye tests for my back, spine.Also MRI, x-rays and shoots. I need help phone: (334) 482-0337 age 46 weight 180 I also have thyroid problems, dibeaties.
Sat, 10 Jul 2021
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Hello,

You have disk problem at C6-C7. A herniated disc at cervical segment 6 and 7 (C6-C7) causes C7 nerve root impingement. It can cause weakness in the triceps and in the extensor muscles of the fingers, due to which you may not be able to do some important daily activity. Get clinically examined by an orthopedic surgeon or an ENT, get connected to a Physical therapist, exercises under a physical therapist will help to strengthen muscles as well as help in better movement of the joints. Avoid bed rest as it will cause more muscle weakness and stiffness.

Excess weight gain worsens nerve compression. You are suggested to drop some weight so that the discomforts get reduced. Quit smoking or addictions if any. Lifestyle changes, including gentle activity that strengthens back muscles, can help to ease discomfort. You can take pain relieving medicines like Naproxen or Combiflam, one stat when needed. Include anti inflammatory food in your regular diet. Take gentle massage with pain relieving ointment. Hot bags will ease discomfort.

You have history of diabetes so keep your blood glucose under control at all cost. Get T3, T4, TSH done, get treated at the earliest. Most cases of cervical herniated disc pain can be successfully managed with nonsurgical treatments, such as over-the-counter pain medications, physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the neck, ice or heat packs, and/or activity modifications to avoid painful movements until the pain has subsided.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician
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Suggest treatment for disc problem with arthritis

Hello, You have disk problem at C6-C7. A herniated disc at cervical segment 6 and 7 (C6-C7) causes C7 nerve root impingement. It can cause weakness in the triceps and in the extensor muscles of the fingers, due to which you may not be able to do some important daily activity. Get clinically examined by an orthopedic surgeon or an ENT, get connected to a Physical therapist, exercises under a physical therapist will help to strengthen muscles as well as help in better movement of the joints. Avoid bed rest as it will cause more muscle weakness and stiffness. Excess weight gain worsens nerve compression. You are suggested to drop some weight so that the discomforts get reduced. Quit smoking or addictions if any. Lifestyle changes, including gentle activity that strengthens back muscles, can help to ease discomfort. You can take pain relieving medicines like Naproxen or Combiflam, one stat when needed. Include anti inflammatory food in your regular diet. Take gentle massage with pain relieving ointment. Hot bags will ease discomfort. You have history of diabetes so keep your blood glucose under control at all cost. Get T3, T4, TSH done, get treated at the earliest. Most cases of cervical herniated disc pain can be successfully managed with nonsurgical treatments, such as over-the-counter pain medications, physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the neck, ice or heat packs, and/or activity modifications to avoid painful movements until the pain has subsided. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician