I have 30 years history of spinal wear and tear from 20s and I am now 54 female. Despite lots of pain and disability over the years I had no specific diagnosis for any part of the spinal problems until 4 years ago when my GP had x rayed for an ear problem and discovered I had 'done something rather worrying' to my neck. I was asked if I ever had a neck injury which she should have known as I had a whiplash 10 years previously and a frozen right shoulder in her care. 'This will get worse as you get older' she said. I have been waiting for the bomb to drop but no real enduring pain so far but I do have a series or even cycle of symptoms which might be related..can anyone say for sure? My right hand claws and gets stiff at night when I am laying down or resting. I have chronic tongue biting and teeth grinding day and night,my bladder retains urine on occasions and then starts working again when it is ready..same with bowel. I have had no follow up or further treatment so no opportunity to ask an expert what to expect but I am assuming the neck problem the Gp was describing was cervical spondylosis. I had an x ray report listing displacements in neck vertebra and some spinous processes c 2 - c4 I think.
I recently went to a hand trauma surgeon about the hand and he never mentioned my spine yet offered surgery for my middle finger- I dont know why because I can bend the joint OK most of the time..until I get the spasm which can go from neck to right hand??? The doctors dont seem to be joining up the dots somehow and I feel confounded by that- I am very put off going to them as they seem to disregard my history.