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   Posted 11/1/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Ever since I've moved home, my neck has been killing me! cry   I've been sleeping in an actual bed (instead of a couch), but I really feel worse.  I like to tuck the pillow up under my neck-this helps me get a little sleep.  I've noticed that my neck makes noise when I move it from side to side.  I suppose that it could be the cold I'm not used to.  Or, maybe my parents really are a pain in the....neck? smilewinkgrin
Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions about what I can do to help with the pain?  What is everyone's opinion on chiropractors? confused
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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kelly-

I have arthritis in my neck and it has been acting up again- I do feel its the cold weather and stress. Yesterday afternoon it was SO bad, it was giving me a whopper of a headache and I don't get headaches normally. I have a "rice" neck wrap that I made (pre-fibro) that I put in the microwave and put on my neck and the warm "heat" helps.

I will bet with all the packing and stress from moving you have aggravated yours. I can't take Ibuprofen as it upsets my stomach- are you able to? I would take that if you can and get some heat on it. Mine gets better after time.


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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
All the packing and stuff could have strained the muscles in your neck Kelly. I never realized lifting stuff puts a strain on your neck til I started having neck pain. I tuck the pillow under too for support. Have you tried moist heat. When mine starts giving me problems putting as little stress on it as possible seems to help the most. I went to a chiro and it didn't help, if anything made it worse. Is it the two big muscles on both sides of the spine???
It could be your parents. devil
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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
My neck always hurrts with the colder weather The best thing i use is heat the rice pack. If you do not have one you can use an old tube sock fill it with rice if you have any lavander or lavender oil i put a little in tie the end, and heat in microwave.My neck makes tons of noise also when I move it. I hope you feel better soon I use advil also.and if real bad tylenol too.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   

It's been chilly here in Florida, too.  My neck has been killing me, too.  Kelly, get a tube sock, fill it about 2/3's full of long grain rice (not the instant) and tie a knot at the end.  You can microwave this and it gives off moist heat.  It feels wonderful on that stiff neck.


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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 11/1/2008 10:33:43 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 11/1/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh man Kelly good thing you didnt hurt your buttocks or you would be saying what your family really is a pain in the bleepppppppp of lol.  Seriosly though, I have pulled my neck many times during my overdoing it and what works best for me is wrapping my heating pad around it.  Moist heat would probably be even better as recommended already.  I sure hope your pain eases soon my friend.  Boy we are a pair of pathetic examples huh eyes   lol turn
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   Posted 11/1/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   

I think that the moist heat would help you. I have a lot of neck problems too. Mine cracks and snaps and pops when moving it. I think we carry a lot of tension in our neck and shoulders and that contributes to a lot of neck pain. I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kelly,
I have a lot of neck problems too.  To go along with my Fibro I have degenerative arthritis and Lupus. I find that a memory foam cervical pillow helps a lot. Stretching frequently, and physio therapy.
I have gone to chiropractors my whole life, but when I was diagnosed with lupus, I had to stop going.  The adjustments made my lupus flare up. I also have found that adjustments make my fibro worse sometimes too.  I like to stick with light massage, and physical therapy.
Good luck.  I know this is rough. Neck pain is the worst,
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   Posted 11/1/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Kelly, glad you are home and sorry you are hurting. I recently made a 4 week commitment to massage therapy and after on yesterday, I realize I should have done this years ago. Maybe a massage can help with the neck.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My opinion on chiropractors is they can actually do more damage than good. I have been to several different ones, but the worst was one that insisted that "cracking" my neck put it back in alignment, when actually it made it worse for a long time. The best chiros are very gentle, yet their treatment is effective. Trouble is that unless you can get the recommendation of a friend, it's trial and error.
All of the advice on moist heat is the best. Gentle stretching, massage, some Biofreeze or IcyHot or Arnica Gel also temporarily reduce pain.
Best of luck. I can blame my pain in my neck on many different people...but really it's mainly the tension, stress, and holding back of emotions that really aggravates it. Knowing this doesn't help much, but I am working on it.

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   Posted 11/2/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for everyone's advice.  Besides the fibro, I think I've been hit with a double (or would the fibro make it triple?) whammy of holding a lot of tension and stress in my neck, and having...well, being extremely well endowed in the chest area. rolleyes    I'm hoping to get a light massage this week, so I'll let y'all know if that helps.  BTW-thanks you all on your advice about the chiropractor.  My dad thinks they move heaven and earth, so he thinks I should go to the one he sees.  Now that I have the proof, I think I'll skip going and try the massage for now.  I'm gonna look into one of those memory foam pillows, too.  BTW-I'd do the rice thing, but I am super sensitive to smells, and for some reason the smell of rice cooking in the microwave makes me sick. sad
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson

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   Posted 11/2/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmmm .... I was going to make an appointment with a Chiropractor tomorrow. I've had neck pain for
6 1/2 years and I've done everything but go to a Chiropractor or have surgery.
My neckpain is severe and I have had to change my life because of it and all the other stuff that goes with
I think your neck pain is from the moving, the cold, and new tensions. Keep your neck warm. I guess your
PT has showed you how to have good posture. (Very important)
You sure got a lot of response on this one, Kelly.
Does the Methadone help your Anxiety. I take it for extreme pain and it helps better than just about any other
Opiod. Methadone is strong! Do you take it to help your recovery?
I think we're in the right place! I used to go to a chatroom online and the Fibromyalgia people were the
best around. We joked and in general just helped each other through the rough patches.
I hope your neck feels better soon.
Pamela NECKPAIN wink

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 11/2/2008 2:42:07 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/2/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I take methadone to maintain my sobriety.  I asked to be put on it because of the other opiates I'm on, and I get absolutely no pain relief from it.  I go to a methadone clinic because I am a recovering addict (12 years next month!).  I know how some people here feel about methadone (or opiates in general), but I am doing this for me.  A lot of people don't understand addiction (including my friends and family) and want me to get off of it-because methadone maintenance is expensive.  But, I don't think I can put a price on my sobriety.  Oh, it doesn't do a thing for anxiety.  Not for me, anyway.  And my posture-well, imagine carrying around at least 25 pounds of breast tissue.  Now imagine what my posture looks like. shakehead
BTW-for those who don't know, methadone blocks the opiate receptors from feeling the euphoric effects (or that "high").  Unfortunately, a lot of doctors don't understand methadone and how it works.  Some methadone patients need more pain meds than the non addict.
I do have a lot of friends here and on another board who take methadone for pain.  There's been some controversy here about whether it is safe or not.  I still think that everyone handles pain differently.  People might not agree with methadone, but a lot of my friends swear by it.  As for me, I am 100% positive that it has helped me stay clean.
Just my opinion... wink
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson

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   Posted 11/2/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Kelly, 12 years! Congratulations! That's a HUGE achievement.
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   Posted 11/3/2008 3:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Kelly, congratulations on your 12yrs! what a fantastic achievement. you have to do what works for you, re the methadone. i have friends, family and even doctors who dont like the dose of Xanax im on, and how long ive been on it- however it works for me, they dont have to live in my body.



i have chronic neck pain, and have for years- but its getting worse, and im 28. ive tried painkillers, anti-inflammatories, naturopathy, heat packs. my neck is far too tender to get a massage, and no pillows work. if anyone has anything that i havent tried, please let me know-


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Post Edited (Mazfire) : 11/3/2008 2:01:43 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/3/2008 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm really sleepy right now. I want to post to you tomorrow. You might be able to help me with my puzzel.

I don't think I carry 25 pounds but I'm not far from it.

I doubt that anyone on this forum would have problems with Methadone for sobriety. I haven't found many
judgmental people here - a few.

Can you direct me to the other Methadone board. True, there are not many people who understand it. I went
to the hospital the other night with a painful problem (not connected with my every-day variety) I was not
given the Demerol that's almost routine with pain patients there. Why? Because I take Methadone. Fortunately,
the pain was so severe it totally knocked me out ... Hard way to go!

Maz, hope to talk to you soon too.

Good lord, it's 3 AM. (almost)

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   Posted 11/3/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Kelly, I am very tired and didn't read all the replies thoroughly, so maybe someone has suggested this already.  Does your neck crackle like newspaper or loud rice crispies?  Maybe it is a build up of malic acid (I think that is the right name for it).  I do yoga stretching like the horizon stretch and the twisted something or other for that pain and cracklies.  Sorry I am not being very specific.  So, um, try yoga stretches? 


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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Kelly,I to wake up with neck pain. Did you ever consider a neck pillow ?you can use at night. It would help support your neck. I hope the neck pain lessens.
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