Her discs in her neck are virtually gone and the bone spurs all up her neck and because of the collapsing discs she has some pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal.
Neck pain as a result of spondylosis (i.e., a degenerative change) is relatively common. The pain may radiate, or spread, into the shoulder blade or down the arm. Patients may have an arm complaint (such as pain or weakness) as the result of nerve root compression from a bone spur.
The problem is her dementia is so bad that 5 minutes after I talked with her today to tell her what they found she had forgot. She must use her walker all the time and that is something that we are just not able to get her to do.
Dr said that if her neck and shoulders are that bad then her hips and knees and wrists and ankles are the same.
Bless her heart, we are going to try the pain pills twice a day and heating pads that the Dr said will help a lot. I just need to get her to remember and that is such a challenge.
She needs to be on a heating pad when she sits and that is something that I think I can do for her. I am going to pin the heating pad to the back of her chair and her computer chair (she loves to sit and work jigsaw puzzles on the Internet.)
She is not happy with that, but it is something that the home health care workers and the Dr thinks would help keep her safe.
Otherwise, she is in good health and if we can get her to remember the walker and control the pain with medicine we might be able to get the pain down to a dull throb.
Girls, I know that some of you have had to care for your parents at the end of their lives, and I know that there are many people that are going through the same thing as I am, but that knowledge does not help some days and some days it is just so hard. I see her hurting and being so restricted in her movement and it just hurts my heart.
I would love to be the daughter that gets to come and visit and take them to dinner and laugh and talk and then go home and not have to watch them day to day, but this is not about me, it is about my Mom...... Just remember her when you pray and ask God to help her mind, so that we can help her.
Love you gals a LOT!!!!!!