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kara487
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   Posted 9/24/2008 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been waking up every morning with neck spasms and pain and I dont sleep any different way than I normally sleep.What can I do about this? what can be wrong ? I am in between insurances and cant afford to go to my spine surgeon.I hope everyone has a lpd.

PAlady
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   Posted 9/24/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Kara,
Do you use a good cervical pillow? Since you're waking up with it, I'm wondering if you need a new one. I know that while I like to make my pillow last as long as possible, one clue that it's time for a new one is waking up with increasing neck pain. I have had to manage cervical spine problems for years, and one crucial piece is a good cervical pillow. I've tried about everyone out there, but have been using one lately that works well, but only lasts a few months.

PaLady

d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Change out your pillow for sure! I keep at least 4 pillowss, so I can switch when I need to.
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kara487
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   Posted 9/24/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
PA Lady, I do not have a cervical pillow but I will look into getting one this weekend .  But I sleep on my side I cant sleep on my back will it still help?
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spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,bursitis and arthritis


PAlady
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   Posted 9/24/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely, Kara! I sleep either on my back or my right side. Sleeping on your stomach is the worst thing you can do for your neck. But sometimes it takes awhile to find the "right" pillow for you. I'm currently using one that has the center sort of flat, with higher parts all around the center indentation. The indent is where you put your head, so that no matter if you're on your back or your side your neck gets supported.

Sad thing is you can't return pillows. One idea is to try a couple from one of the home shopping channels, because you can return them within 30 days. BTW - the pillows that are only made of memory foam I have found are lousy, even though I love my tempurpedic mattress. The pilllows flatten much too quickly.

Hope this helps!

PaLady
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