I had a cervical MRI last Thursday and results showed disc deterioration, bulging disc, one disc is narrowing where the spinal cord is going through. This diagnosis may be causing the pain in my shoulders, elbows and hands.
Anyone else have back issues associated with RA? How are you treating it?
I go for deep tissue massages for the above problems. She works on my shoulders and neck some weeks and other weeks lower pack. I also have chiro adjustments. I also had the epideural injections and ablations but relief didn't last for long at all.
@A myRAteam Member, my fusion took a few months recovery with physical therapy and all. The main problem after the surgery was that I got a spinal headache. I just got the worst headache ever and my neurosurgeon sent me to the ER for something called a blood patch. It was very easily taken care of and the headache went away immediately after the blood patch. I had to get the surgery because my herniation was pressing on my spinal cord in a way that could have paralyzed me if I had fallen or something. Listen to your doctor and make an informed decision. I'm glad I had mine done. I will pray for you too. 💗
I don't think that those are caused by RA. I have several issues in my neck and back and had them long before was diagnosed with RA.
I was told I had arthritis in my neck when I was a teenager. Since then my lower spine has degenerative disc disease and arthritis. I can't stand very long and can't walk without a cane. My legs go numb if I'm stand too long. I don't think this is from my RA.
Hi I have had two cervical fusions , one with rods and a plate. It was pain relieving for me to have these surgeries. I still have limits because of my RA but I count less pain a blessing. I also have had two lamanectomies on my lower back . Prior to these surgeries I could barely walk, go to the shower, sit in a chair, etc.Being a nurse for thirty years I have learned Everyone s RA and bodies are unique- I will be praying for you!
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