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    What causes cervical spondylitis?

Hi, I have severe shoulder pain, when consulted the doctor and after necessary medical test they declared cervical spondylitis and he is prescribed to take dolonex 20 mg. After taking the tablet pain disappears for at least 2days and attacks again, is there any sideaffects taking this tablet.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015
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HI,
cervical spondilitis can occure due to trauma, stress to cervical spine or degenerative changes in cervical spine due to age, calcium deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency.
The pain is treated symptomatically by pain killers/anti inflammatory drugs like Dolonex.
But the symptoms are to be managed by physiotherapy for neck /hand muscles so as to strengthen the surrounding muscles tocontrol the spinal lesion with muscular support.
Certain lifestyle changes like avoiding neck flex-ion / avoiding carrying weight on head,with calcium/vit. D supplements of diet will add to the results of physiotherapy.
Spinal surgery is needful in non responding patients.
* Taking tablet like Dolonex continuously, may lead to gastritis/ gastric ulcers/ urinary problems. It has to be an emergency aid ,otherwise maintained by physiotherapy.
Thanks.

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