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Help with pain !

I saw a rheumatologist two weeks ago because a Dexa scan ordered by the endocrinologist showed osteoporosis . After finding this site and reading articles I have decided not to accept his suggestion that I have six monthly injections of Prolia ( though the thought of doing so scares me ) and go down the route of vitamins , food etc .

I had a soft fall ( carpet furniture etc) at the end of February and bore the brunt with my arms , neck etc . Since then I have been in pain and alarmingly my neck has started to push forward and I cannot put my head back . I mentioned this to the doctor who looked at my neck , said I could have a fracture and sent me for x-rays I've heard no more but the pain is bad and I am taking far too many pain killers which barely work . Any suggestions welcome . Sorry it's a bit garbled . Pp

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Have you had the x-rays? I wonder if the usual treatments for sprains might help - you know, cold to reduce swelling, warmth to relax muscles. Not much I can suggest as until you have the x-ray result you can't be advised to go for physio, which would otherwise be my first thought. However I do feel that anything which can relieve what are probably very tense muscles in the area would help. You may unconsciously be tightening the muscles because of the pain, and that just makes things worse. Have had this sort of thing happen to me, although not quite like your experience. It's impossible to relax the muscles voluntarily, you will need to do something, like comfortable warmth, and supporting your head.

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Hi, I am having warm compresses and voltarol rubs etc. I had a whiplash injury a long time ago, and have. had neck problems ever since. A friend who is taking bisonophosphates? Suggested today could it be polymyalgia. I have no x-ray results but am going to the gp next week to see if they have arrived there. Thanks for your reply Pp

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i brought it up because when I went to a physiotherapist she discovered during her initial assessment of me that the muscles in my back were like "bricks" - her word. She used some therapies to reset the electrical signals in those muscles. At the time she said people can get such spasmed muscles they can actually cause fractures!

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I agree with HeronNS you do need to push for xray results. It could be that your muscles are severely sprained. A Grade II sprain can take 6-8 weeks to heal and that's if you're not doing much and getting physio - trust me, I've had lots of them! Posture - you could have been holding yourself, lying, sitting etc awkwardly because of the pain and thus exacerbating the problem. Muscle tension can cause a lot of problems -I have regular dry needling (it's deeper than acupuncture) to release muscle tension - I like it but most people find it painful so opt for acupuncture which does relax muscles and mind! Well, for many! BUT as HeronNS says, don't do anything until you have the xray results. Nag them and make a nuisance of yourself if you have to but get them ASAP! The fact you have had whiplash and recurring problems could also be a contributing factor. Good luck -

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Ugh! This is my situation from 5 years ago when my compression fractures started in Thoracic Spine. I supplement, get Physical Therapy and use Hemp CBD, and Back Yoga to manage pain. Managing daily activities with hot Epsom salt baths, ice/heating pad and rest relieves spasms temporarily. This is the “new normal” that allows me to function. I have had surgery on Vertebra and get Prolia injections twice a year and give no credit to these interventions for pain relief. Think positive, enjoy what you can do !

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Can I just thank everyone for their very informative replies. I will see if the doc has results on Wednesday and take it from there. It seems to have woken up every old strain I ever had and my neck and shoulders are ' screaming' today. My OH says my shoulders are solid today, so trying a tens machine at the moment. Thank you again Pp

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Good for you for refusing the Prolia!!! Sounds like you have researched it, and hopefully, the other awful bone meds. They are awful and should all be taken off the market. I'm sorry...I don't know what to tell you about your neck?? Maybe chiropractic?

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I think you, Pinkpeony, avoid a chiropractor until you know if it will be safe. Personally I'd go with a physiotherapist anytime unless you know for sure your chiropractor will not do any manipulation which can make matters much worse.

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Heron see my reply to susie. I will see what the gp visit shows. Pp

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I've spent an awful lot of money over the years with chiropractors susie. Resulting in only temporary relief. Hopefully the gp will refer me to the physio. I'm scared about refusing Prolia, but I have enough health problems without inviting more. Thanks for your reply Pp

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Hi Pp,

I'm sorry your are in such awful pain. Are you a member of Bone Health within Healthunlocked? I'm sure you are.

They too are a great bunch of members.

Please keep us updated with the outcome of your visit.

J ☘️

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Ah hello Jose, thanks for your good wishes. Yes I have just found the Bone Health forum and they are very helpful. I have to say the osteoporosis diagnosis has given me a shock tho at my age it was a fair bet. I will post if I get any results. I hope you are as well as you can possibly be. x Pp

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Thank you Pp,

I'm sure it did, I was diagnosed with Oestoporosis Nov past. Prescribed Alendronic Acid once a week. Had to change to another one, similar in make up, but more expensive.

I would be very loathe to take Prolia too, in fact I wouldn't take it either.

Rest up Pp. 💐

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The endo wanted me to have alendronic acid. I don't swallow we so the doc wouldn't prescribe it and left it to the rheumatologist. The horror stories frightened me, fancy having to have dentistry done to take a medication. Do you mind me asking what you take? Pp

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Not at all, I'll PM you later Pp.

J☘️

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