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Will I be able to recover form narrowing of disc and pain? Possible treatment?

I have recently been told I have a narrowing of the C4/C5, C5/C6,C6/C7 and the doctor was hard to understand. I am 35 (36 on sunday 6th Janurary) I work in the refrigeration/Airconditioning and Appliance industry repairing all makes and models of domestic appliances and airconditioners, so there is a lot of heavy lifting involved. My question is can I recover my movement and rid the pain in due time? Can I prolong the possibility of any treatment or surgury? Will joint food (health pills) help? I guess I am a little scared and unsure of risks etc, I don t want to be stuck at home unable to work as this would be very boring and unhealthy! I am slightly overweight by around 18 kilos, and know I have to lose weight, will that help?? Any info would be appreciated, and I hope it can help me avoid surgury at this stage as I wish to continue with my life as is. Cheers
Asked On : Sun, 6 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 be suffering from Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis of the spine. This might be causing degeneration of the sacroiliac (SI) joints and in turn leading to inflammation and SI joint pain.

Following treatments can be effective in managing your symptoms:
1. Rest - A short period of rest may help calm the inflamed sacroiliac joints.

2. Heat and/or ice - Warmth or cold applied to the area will provide local pain relief. Application of a cold pack will help reduce the inflammation in the area. Application of warmth, such as a heating pad or hot tub, will help stimulate blood flow and bring healing nutrients to the area.

3. Sleep position - Changing ones sleep position can help alleviate pain while sleeping and at waking. It best to sleep on the side, with a pillow placed between the knees to keep the hips in alignment.

4. You can take anti-inflammatory drug like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation under supervision of your doctor.

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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