I went to a doctor here in my hometown (not mayo) for neck pain, which I have had for years and years. The muscles in my neck are constantly so tight and rigid it gives me headaches, and almost always radiates down into my shoulders. (which the muscles are also tight and rigid). I have had a slipped disc in my neck a few times over the years as well.
He ordered several xrays which revealed I had several bone spurs. I also had areas of arthritis that he had pointed out in several areas. There was also some compression in between two cartilage.
I have been taking advil every day for years to deal with this. I take generally between 8 and 16 a day. This has been for the last 20+ years. This has become a great concern to me, as I'm pretty sure that can't be good for me. My doctor examined my neck and agreed the muscles definitely were not good. Upon looking at the xrays he suggested I start physical therapy. Nothing more.
I have a couple concerns with this.
1. I went to physical therapy 25 years ago for my neck. It didn't help then. (my dr was aware of this)
2. If I have arthritis prominently showing on my xrays, should maybe the arthritis not be more seriously looked at?
3. I was advised to keep taking advil..unless I had stomach upset. (of course I have stomach upset, with the amount I take) Is this really the best course?? Seems like surely maybe a cortisone shot.. anything would be better than taking that amount of advil per day for years on end.
It just seemed as though it was an incomplete examination. P.T., job done.