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Osteoarthritis of Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders... Help!

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Today I was diagnosed with osteoarthristis of the upper back, neck and shoulders... I was completely stunned. I am 40 yrs. Old and never considered arthritis. Let me tell you, wearing a bra on a daily basis is a real challenge and is the cause of daily headaches. The straps cause irritation on bones/joints which cause inflammation... Which then cause the headaches. I am caught between a rock and a hard place. I've tried strapless and those cause other problems...Middle back problems because I do need the support. I wish to god I could just go braless! Haha! Seriously, this is no laughing matter, I am in daily pain. Does anyone have any advice... Can anyone relate with this? The only relief I have is a heating pad, which I do use at work every chance I get, but the only real relief I get is to go braless and I can't do that until I get home..... Please help :(
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replied September 7th, 2005
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Osteo
Try getting fitted with a proper bra. That may help
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replied September 7th, 2005
Thanks for the advice san54, but believe me.... That was my first instinct - I must have 100 different bras! Different shapes and sizes, you name it I got it. Doesn't matter - if it's sitting on my shoulders it's going to irritate my joints and cause annoying, painful headaches. :(
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replied September 19th, 2005
I've seen in woolworths a bra type thing which comprises of two moulds that fit over each breast supporting etc., that would, hopefully, solve the strap over painful shoulders and straps round your back.
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replied January 16th, 2006
I Feel Ya
Well, I cannot relate to the bra problem, since I am a male... However, I am a 19 year old male, and today I was diagnosed with upper back arthritis... It is a major bummer, and I think I am a rare case at my age... The doctor told me to increase calcium and dairy product intake, and to exercise my upper back and shoulders... He also said to take tylenol arthritis because it has the least occurance of upseting your stomach compared to advil or aleve. Finally, he told me to look into acupuncture, physical therapy, or a chriopractor... :-( this sucks, but sometimes you gotta roll with the punches...
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replied February 28th, 2006
Bra-less
I know how you feel! Bra straps can be the devil.

I do not wear a bra! When I do, I get itchy under the breasts, and I also have osteo of the neck. So, I have several very light camisoles that I wear under my blouses in different colors. They're not too hot. Maybe I don't have the perfect uplift and profile. I am not a young woman--but I understand a lot of those (younger) do not wear bras. Who made that rule?
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replied February 28th, 2006
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Camisoles are good or just do not wear a bra and put on a darker type of blouse or somewhat of a t or sweatshirt that you can dress-up, if you have an office job or pull your straps off of your shoulders. I too have it and it is no fun.
The best to you!
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replied February 9th, 2007
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I have just joined this site and read the message about bra straps - yes a real pain in the neck!! The only real help would be to wear a strapless bra but if you want a bit more support and have a large bust then obviously you need the straps!! When i'm on holiday I wear a sarong and actually wear it indoors as well - it looks fine and as I am 63 I can assure you my chest is not where it should be!! But a sarong seems to make me look pretty good!! Also I would suggest indian head massage - it is great for headaches and any sort of back/neck pain - I am a qualified masseuse and have a go at doing it on myself though obviously it's not as good as having a proper massage. Do try this if you can it will make you feel better. Good luck.

Carole
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replied March 10th, 2007
Suggestion For Upper Back, Neck, Shoulder Arthritis.
I have been seeing a chiropractor for over 6 mo, and although I have not received official diagnosis of osteoarthritis of upperback, neck, shoulders, I have the classic symptoms. I have also noticed a very sore spot under my back bra hook area.

The disposable heat patches have been a life saver for me. I place the patches on the sore areas...usually my upper back and on top of my shoulders. I use a massager daily, and this helps me identify the areas of inflammation.

Dressing in a way that will hide the heat patches is a little tricky, but I am able to function at work comfortably.
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replied September 25th, 2010
arthritis in the spine and upperback
i am a 25 year old female and yesterday i was diagnosed with upper back arthritis. iv had back pain for the last 10 years but in the last two weeks iv been in pain can i cannot even begin to describe. i am so dismayed that i can be so young with this kind of condition. i too also have been getting headaches, my bra straps just make the pain that much worse. can anyone tell me is there any hope to live a full active life with this condition? i have a very physical job and at the moment i am on prescription anti imflamatory's -mobic and valium but still have pain...
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replied November 10th, 2011
Hi

I can relate totally to what you are saying,i was recently diagnoised with osteoarthritis in the neck and upper back,im in in so much pain in the early hours of the morning and wake with headaches,im 43 years old ,i thought you didnt get this until you are really old,you must feel the same cause you are very young .I get so depressed as i have a 1 year old that is very heavy to carry around cause he isnt walking just yet and a 12 year old and im also a nanna!Nobody seems to have any answers Sad
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replied November 14th, 2010
im a 28 year old girl,and i was diagnosed with RA a few weeks ago,i have good days and bad days,like you keishi im devastated because im so young to have it,ive 2 kids and im so tired all the time from the pain.sometimes i feel weak and tired from it.i wouldnt wish this on anyone.my upper back is so bad that sometimes all i feel like doing is crying.
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replied May 30th, 2011
Try Yoga
Try Yoga. It will give some relief and help with flexibility... It is good for the long run!
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replied June 11th, 2011
Rheumatoid arthritis in shoulders
I too have RA in the shoulders and experience great pain in my upper back. I am also large breasted and wondered how much this adds to my pain. Has anyone had breast reduction surgery and did it help?
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replied June 11th, 2011
I too have RA in the shoulders and experience great pain in my upper back. I am also large breasted and wondered how much this adds to my pain. Has anyone had breast reduction surgery and did it help?
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replied September 4th, 2011
I am at the moment experiencing the neck and shoulder back pain, I am an athlete in my early 40's. Never that i had felt like these before. After reading the messages
in this forum. Can anyone suggest a temporary medicine or treatment to lessen the pain? I'm planning to see a specialist soon but due to the labor day weekend i'm stuck!
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replied October 10th, 2011
I'm 23 old and after a recent MRI I found that my spinal column is full of arthritis and osteoarthritis. I feel some kind of very annoying pain in the cervical area (neck area) and I don't know what to do ... the thing is that in the past 2 years I start practicing sport (jogging and gym exercise) but seems it was not enough .. I think the computer desk killed me... It's f*** disturbing 'cause I can't enjoy a single hour due this pain . I keep looking on the internet for treatments and seems the Stem Cells are the only hope so now I just hope they will find a safe therapy with these stem cells so we can all get our life back . BTW I don't wish this pain to anyone except the people who are against new treatments on stem cells. Maybe this is the only way to make them understand.
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replied November 5th, 2011
Hi,
As far as I know arthritus is caused by a round worm.
This can be eliminated with a frequency generator. This creates a frequncy where parasites, viruses, bacteria ect.cannot live. I use whats called the variZapper which excepts program drivers more most if not all diseases. FTC Federal Trade Commission approved, The FTC works closely with the FDA.

I would suggest reading the book Cure for all Diseases, by Dr Hulda Clark.
this can be found on ebay
Go natural, green powder is good for alot of ailments, antitoxin, energy,the list goes on.
Also a combination of wormwood, black walnut hull and clove, is good for killing parasites, blood purifier, parasites is the cause of most diseases.
This is usualy sold in health food stores. It taste pretty nasty but does the job.
Also colloidal gold, found in health food stores and works on arthritus. Put this on guass and tape on the infected area over night, take it off during the day and take a teaspoon a day an hour after meals, It may take a few weeks or a few days depending on the severity of your condition. C gold is good for alot of things, works on brain glands, physical and emptional strength, improves your IQ up to 25% +or- ,calms the neural transmitter in the brain, pain,much more. You can surf the web and educate yourself on this.
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replied February 4th, 2013
I have Osteoarthritis in my neck and it is effecting the nerves in my left arm causing me a great deal of pain and restriction of use. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008 and 4 months later this. Once doctor diagnosed it they just didn't want to know anymore. Told me to take vitamin supplements and gave me some co codamol. It is getting worse, I know there are bone spurs as these showed up on the diagnoses xray.
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replied February 4th, 2013
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Jill,

If you feel that you are getting worse, and your functional status is deteriorating, ask for a referral to a spine surgeon.

The co codamol will mask the pain, but it will not actually treat the underlying problem.


Good luck.
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replied May 9th, 2014
Eliminate nightshades to ease arthritis
I've been reading about Nightshades as a cause of inflammatory diseases, including arthritis. Use Google to search for "nightshades arthritis Childers diet" to read more about it.

I have arthritis in my neck and recently it seemed to be spreading to shoulder and hip. I am trying the no-nightshades approach and have had less problems with my hip and shoulder. I was also able to cut my pain meds in half. I'm about 6 weeks or so into this diet change. When I started the diet I could barely walk from the hip pain. Now it only flares when I eat a bad food.

But with all the extra cooking for this way of eating I'm getting much more pain in my upper back area. I just hope it is from being out of shape and not progression of my neck issues.
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replied November 19th, 2014
Just a suggestion … acupuncture stimulates the adrenals to produce natural steroids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect, and can relieve pain and swelling. It also stimulates the parathyroid glands to produce the hormone that works on the arthritic deposits.
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