OK, another update. I had my MRI last week. I was doing a lot of gardening and it helped a lot with the pain during the day. however at night in bed and sitting is terrible as my arms were getting pins and needles. Even writing this is terrible. The good thing is the gnawing pain in the left shoulder is gone. However the pins and needles in the right arm are making things very difficult. feels like the arm is completely numb, heavy and just plain painful.
The result from the MRI are that I have a degenerative process in the neck vertebrates between 4 and 6. There are 7 vertebrates between head (1) and shoulder (7). The nerves are trapped and that is creating the problem. There is more wear and tear than expected at my age and the rheumy said its because of a degenerative arthritis process.
So he has put me on these tablets: Pregabalin 50mg made by Pfizer. I must say that I am not impressed with the side effects for this drug which is a pain killer. I am also not impressed with this drug in case one needs to stop taking it. Also the cost is crazy. I paid £70 for 56 tablets. He said I should take these for a couple of months and then also get Physiotherapy. That supposedly will help with my pain and neck problem. He said an operation would only be done if the pain is very bad.
I do not understand how some pain killers and some physiotherapy will solve the problem of the nerves being pinched in the neck vertebrates without some direct intervention?
Anyone else had something like this? What about the drug?