I went to see my GP earlier this morning because this neck and back pain has been getting me down and I’ve finally had enough. He examined both my neck and back quite thoroughly, asking to me to try and move this way, that way, forwards and backwards… while he felt the problem areas. Almost immediately he told me that the muscles from my neck down to my lower back have all gone into spasm, probably to protect itself from some other problem.
Finding out what that problem is will be difficult until the spasms ease off and so he has prescribed me a low dose of Diazepam to work as a muscle relaxant. Once I notice some improvement I am to arrange to see him again to reassess the situation; he thinks it could be either common neck pain from a trapped nerve, disc problems or joint damage. I’m very young to have disc problems or joint damage in my neck, but with the Still’s Disease you never know; I’m hoping it is the common neck pain as that is easiest to treat.
I was slightly worried about taking Diazepam, it is a drug I’ve heard of before and for some reason it has negative connotations to me. But I’ve had two doses so far and although I feel a bit dozy, it’s not too bad and I’m pretty sure I’ve noticed some relief already so will be worth it in the long run. He also gave me some simple neck exercises that I can try once it does start to loosen up again, to prevent it from seizing up.
I gave him the copy of my recent blood tests and he too is confused by them. My inflammatory markers are all reduced and yet he said it is obvious I am still having joint involvement – swelling around knee and elbow plus the pain in my shoulder and hip. The Tocilizumab’s main mechanism involves ‘mopping up’ excess CRP so my results correspond with that, but something else is obviously still causing this joint pain… unless they’re just slow to catch up.
Time will tell anyway; I feel positive that this is the one and that things are going to start to turn around, even if slowly at first.
Ps, To follow on from yesterday; the coldsores haven’t spread any further so I am to continue with the Zovirax and get in touch with him for Aciclovir tablets if it does get any worse.