... pain and numbness down my left arm. It is now starting to affect right arm as well. I'm scheduled to see a specialist in December but anyways was wondering what drugs are usually prescribed to Spondylosis patients with the condition in the upper vertebrae of the spine.
Spondylosis can be treated in a number of ways. Mild cases require little if any treatment. There are a number of alternative treatments available such as accupuncture and chiropractic treatment.
For more severe cases, the goal of treatment is to relieve pain.
Drug treatments for spondylosis include:
Muscle Relaxants: Muscle relaxant medication helps to alleviate muscle spasm and pain see https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/skeletal-muscle-relaxants.html
Narcotics: Narcotics (opioids) may be prescribed for short periods of time to reduce acute pain. see https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/narcotic-analgesics.html
NSAIDs: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) relieve inflammation that often contributes to pain. see https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-agents.html
I have the same problem in my neck ! I had neck surgery in april of 08(actually the 1st). I wish that I would have never had surgery. Both of my arms fall asleep during the night. I wake up and shake my arms to awake them. This is every night and in any position. I cannot sleep on my neck or head. It is so painful;so I pretty much suffer. I have gone through pillow after pillow(because I cannot find one that is comfortable) I still havent found a pillow that works. I have bags full of pillows! I have several pinched nerves. The nerves affect my breasts, underneath my arms and in my upper back.and of course my arms ect. Its a different kind of pain. The pain is unbelieveable.Sitting on the computer is so hard. My shoulders were fine until I had surgery. I cant lift my arms up or use my shoulders and the dr told me to excercise. Yeah right! My shoulders are so stiff and full of pain. I cannot have my neck or shoulders rubbed because it hurts immensely.
Be careful deciding what should be done. Nothing can take away your pinched nerve. Most of the time at night I cant even lift my arms. I know other people that had neck surgery and it worked. But U have to put in to consideration that they most likely didnt have the nerve problem. I will live the rest of my life like this and I have been having a hard time excepting that. That is one reason why I am here blogging U today. Support and understanding. My dr has me on the fentanyl patch. I have been on so many different things;but this has worked wonders. If your dr can cure your problem by surgery that would be great,but I wouldnt expect that too highly. I asked my total spine dr to burn my nerves because I cant tolerate the shots and pain anymore. He told me they could but they have to figure out what nerves they are and it could also create more problems. I am lost myself. Be careful. drs are all different. I definately needed surgery on my neck. I would probably be worse in other ways. if I didnt have it.They may be able to help U; but also U could get worse. They cannot cure nerve problems. I truly myself believe that. I am so use to my arms sleeping at night and also my legs because I have the same problem in my low back. U will eventually adapt to it. U may be lucky so I do not mean to scare U. I pray for U, that it all works out. Write if U have anymore questions. How long has this been going on?? Othopedic drs will not normally prescibe U drugs. U most likely will have to go to your regular physician. He may not give U a pain killer either. Are U in harsh pain?? They do not have anything for sleeping limbs. They will most likely send U to a pain clinic. I, myself do not like pain clinics. Eventually I will have to go to one, because my dr is retiring. U may get lucky and your ortho dr will give U something until U go to a pain clinic or your reular dr. I just got on fentanyl last week. I am still in denial over all of this. I was on vicodin to start with, percocet, tramadol, and am still on oxycodone and fentanyl patch. I have been going through this for at least 9 yrs with the neck and 25 yrs with the back. It all got worse with age. I am 45. The fentanly works great but it will take yrs before they do that. My problem is also disks and vertabraes. I am not so sure about vertabraes. Your chances are better than mine and hopefully U dont have a disk problem. I didnt mean to write so much. Do U have a problem sleeping on your neck? I wear a neck brace most of the time; which isnt good because you can lose muscle. I cant tell U what they will give U ; it all depends on who your dr is. vertabrae and disks are different. I had both . I am just curious about your pain.
My daughter recently had the same type problem. For 1 yr. she was treated for tendonitis in her arm. Finally the doctor ordered an MRI on her neck. This revealed herniated discs in her neck. She had not had a significant injury, and the doctors did not believe this until they looked at the MRI. The first thing they would say was, "she's fifteen, this doesn't usually happen to people her age. But I can tell you, it does. She went to physical therapy for 8 wks. They only did traction on her neck. It helped immeadiately! If you haven't had an MRI, please insist on it. Traction will help the disc go back in place, and help the nerve it is pressing on. (If that is the problem).
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