It could very well be everything you mentioned happening at once. But be sure to have a MRI to rule out structural problems. I suffered for many years with neck pain and it got progressively worse over the years. I went to the doctor many times and went thru physical therapy, was put on muscle relaxers and nerve pain medications - I even had a mouth guard fitted. All of it just simmered down the pain but it didn't go away. Finally when nothing worked, my primary sent me to a neurologist and I had a MRI. It was then found that I have 2 bulging discs (one might be slightly herniated) in my neck. My neuro doc said that I was highly inflammed in that area and my muscles were constantly tensing up to help counteract the inflammation - so basically it was a vicous cycle. I went thru a series of epidural cortesteroid injections and finally the inflammation went down but my muscles still tense up. I now take a muscle relaxer every night to help with the stiffness. I also found that having the right pillow when I sleep helps tremendously. Good luck when you see a specialist about
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Posted 2/26/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -6)
You have popping in your jaw, grinding your teeth and neck pain, these are also symtpoms of TMJ. I have TMJ and you should find a good dentist to get into and be evaulated. You can get help with this. Susie
Posted 2/26/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -6)
Hi Lilskittle, I'm sorry your having such a problem w/ your neck. (I am by no means an authority on anything so these are just observations, not advice. TMJ was one of the most painfull things I ever had! It gave me horrable head aches, muscle spasms in my neck and of course pain under my ears. I think a mouth guard would at least ease the pain a little if it were TMJ?? I am having neck pain now due to herniated torn disks, stenosis, and a couple other things which cause nerve pain. I can assure you that nerve pain causes sharp stabbing burning pain when you move your neck so that doesn't sound like your problem either. Maybe you should ask your doc if he thinks muscle relaxer type meds would help you? Do you sleep where cold or a draft gets on your neck? How about a new smaller or larger pillow? Hope you find out soon and make the pain go bye-bye for good!
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