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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/11/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Anybody ever have a stiff stiff neck and a dx to go with it?
I don't have an illness ... I've had the neck thing for a long time
it's just worse tonight.
Pamela StiffNeck
I have a number of things that could cause it. They confuse me.

PAlady
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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had chronic neck problems for over 20 years. Using the right pillow, stretches my PT taught me years ago, good position at the computer, etc. - all those are critical to managing it. But it gets worse quickly if any of those things are thrown off even for a short time.

PaLady

hep93
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   Posted 10/11/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had neck problems for over 30 years, following a whip-lash type injury.  I was finally diagnosed with cervical spondylosis.  There are bone spurs which press on nerves.  When I have a bad flareup, what works best for me is moist heat and anti-inflammatories.  The pain is exacerbated by using my right arm in repetitive motion, such as washing windows.  I have learned to stay away from activities that cause flareups. 

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   Posted 10/12/2008 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I was in a car accident 13 years ago and got whip lash. Since then my neck has never been the same. Over the years, somehow I ended up with a bulging disc and a slight herniated one in my neck. I get a stiff neck almost every day and I have to do exercises just to limber up. I take a muscle relaxer before I go to bed and it helps with the morning stiffness. But PaLady is right, the right pillow and gentle neck exercises does do wonders. I am personally fond of warm compresses on my neck. I have a wrap around heating pad that you heat up in the microwave. Plus I am careful on how I bend my neck when I am doing something.
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   Posted 10/12/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I have slight cervical stenosis of C3 and C4 so my neck can be a real pain sometimes. I find that ice is the best thing for it. I also found this roll on stuff called "painstop" that works miracles when it gets really bad.

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PAlady
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   Posted 10/12/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to mention I have one of those heating wraps that go around your neck for the microwave, too! I have all kinds of sizes actually - for my lower back, etc. Especially as the weather gets colder, I put it around my neck as I get my norming coffee, etc. And a lot of times in the evening, too. It's good to warm up your neck with a heat in some form - even in the shower - before doing your stretches. But be sure you do stretches taught to you by a PT, and not something you just make up on your own, as you could make it worse.

PaLady

Baybreeze
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   Posted 10/12/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I get stiff neck and also have gotten severe pain in my neck, which usually goes into my left shoulder and sometimes my arm. However, I do not have a diagnosis and never actually had it checked out via imaging. It comes on in flares; sometimes it's mild, sometimes it's excruciating. I also get severe spasms with it; at times my left shoulder will be in such spasm that it's actually like it's pushed forward out of place. Then the pain goes up the back of my head and I end up with a headache as well. I can't bend my neck nor move it side to side. I also have a huge stock of all kinds of heating pads, heat patches, rubs, and creams. I have a big moist heating pad that's for the neck and shoulders and it has a tie on the front so it stays on. I find the moist heat works the best, at least while it's on. I also have to sleep on a donut shaped cervical pillow, which does help lessen morning stiffness.

I have a history of lumbar spine issues, spondylosis, stenosis, herniations, etc...I noticed my Rheum has me down with a diagnosis of cervical spondylosis as well. With some of my symptoms, I wondered if I have something similiar going on in my neck as I did in my spine. But my lumbar spine was so severe, I only had that imaged and ended up needing surgery. At this point, though, with my basic insurance, I can no longer get any testing done so it may be some time before I ever actually get my neck thoroughly checked.


hep93
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   Posted 10/12/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Baybreeze, it does sound as though you have compression of some kind in your neck.  Since the pain travels and you have limited range of motion, you may well be a candidate for surgery.  I had seen a neurosurgeon about my neck and he advised against surgery.  They really don't want to do it if it's not affecting upper extremities or ROM.  My b.f. had the surgery because his neck pain was going down his arm; he was in severe pain and couldn't use the arm at all.  He has been fine since the surgery.  For anyone contemplating surgery of the spine, I recommend seeing a neurosurgeon and not an orthopedic surgeon.

PAlady
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   Posted 10/12/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Baybreeze,
An MRI of my neck in the early 1990's showed all kinds of stuff with herniations, bulging disks, etc., and I've also had pain that goes down my arms at times. A lot of it can involved muscles compressing nerves, too, so if you can ever get an eval. by a physical therapist that may help a lot of the symptoms. I had surgery on my lumbar spine (2 level fusion) a year ago, which didn't help the symptoms in my legs and feet at all. But I can manage the symptoms in my neck with all the things I've described. My neck is never 100%, but it's functional and that's all I look for anymore!

PaLady

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/12/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
We all kinda have all the same things wrong with us.
I dread going out so I've posponed the Physical Therapist.
I don't see how I can go on forever without some kind of surgery. (or procedure)
I just squeak by every day.
I don't drive. I've never liked to drive but now it makes me
down right phobic. (afraid I can't turn my neck)
I appreciate the words from the wise.
When I go to my pain doctor, I receive NO words. I understand why he didn't
talk last time ~ he had three attorneys waiting for him in his waiting room.
But all the other times, he's : - X. As I've mentioned, he sings: Opera, Rock,
Golden Oldies. I've always thought that he doesn't want to hear his patients
complain. Last time I went in he said, "You look nice today," two times. I hated
what I had on so it was just embarassing to say, "Thank you."
Oh, I'm just all over the place today. It's an ADD day.
Pamela has a crooked neck and it hurts and she's cranky and hasn't combed her
hair in TWO days.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome,.Prolapsed Bowel and Bladder, Attention Deficity Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety,


Red_34
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   Posted 10/13/2008 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
In all these years of me being in pain from my Uc and then from my back and neck issues; no matter what, I've always made it a point to take care of my looks. I am not a vain person but I found that if I feel I look good then I tend to have a brighter outlook for that day. Oh boy do I have those days where I just want to melt into the couch, not take a shower, not brush my hair. But I force myself too regardless. That is just me though. I know that some of you have pain much more worse then I and some just can't do the daily things that make us feel human. So we all just get on the best we can.

As for the PT - do you have anyone that can drive you?
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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/21/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Red_34,
I read your post tonight. I've had another couch day. Tomorrow I will get myself
glammed up no matter what!
Pam will be a glam gram

ps: I've been to many physical therapists. Nothing much has happened there except
more injury.
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