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   Posted 4/7/2011 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
  Hello I'm tired of always feeling in pain.  from the back of my neck to both of my shoulder blades.  Xray shows that i'm on the begining of arthrities in the neck.  I sit at a desk at work looking at a computer.  
Meds i was taking carisoprodol 350 mg,  and was precribed naproxen 500 mg anti inflamatory. I do not take this every day.  I am taking enough pills so i take it when needed.   Does anyone has any idea's of what else i can do besides warm heating pad.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 4/7/2011 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   


  Dear Manny,

    There are many other options available to fight Chronic Pain

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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 4/7/2011 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Manny,

Although I cannot give you any medical advice, I have gained some tips from Web designers who sit at the computer all day.

It may sound silly but make sure you are sitting in the right position, a lot of people don't know the aren't:
Also do invest in a footrest if you need one and mouse with a gel pad or foam cushion infront of it (if you do not already have one). In the long run it will alleviate the strain your shoulders feel whenever you reach for the mouse. - it all adds up in the end. Also, if you have to work late - it is best to bring a small cushion, it will give you back support if you have the habit of moving slowly closer to the monitor as you work or tend to slouch after a while. I hope your chair has a headrest - even though this seems like a luxury, leaning back on it every once in a while will relive a lot of pressure on your shoulders.

I'm sorry that I cannot give you more advice - I hope it helped.

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   Posted 4/7/2011 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Have someone work on your trigger points in that area, and work in the correct position. As the previous poster said you probably have no idea that you are not working correctly. I just had to get a laptop riser and a foot rest.

Try physical therapy and massage in that area. It will be a LONG road. I had intense massage in the shoulder/neck area for 3 months and I can only now see a difference. My hands were going totally numb from sitting incorrectly!

You can also get a tennis ball and have it massage you while you stand my a wall if you can't get a massage therapist. There are many self massage (trigger point) techniques you can find in the internet.

I wish you luck :)

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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Manny, I remember very well my days at the office sitting at a computer nearly all day. I have two disc herniations in my neck and I can only tell you, it kept it flared up all the time. Also, my office was not set up properly for computer work and that really added to the problem. Try to take breaks from the computer and get up and walk around. As long as you are on the computer it will keep things stirred up.

If you are having problems with your neck every day, then you need to take medication every day as long as it is prescribed by your dr to do this. None of us want to take medication but sometimes we have no other choice. Its either take meds or hurt. If you are using the heating pad a lot, it may be keeping things irritated too, sometimes heat will do this. I use to go for massages every week at least once a week, I usually went on a Friday so my neck could rest over the weekend. Be sure to drink plenty of water if you opt for trying a massage, otherwise you may end up feeling achy like you are getting the flu. A good massage therapist, can work on those muscles and they will release lots of built up toxins, resulting in this flu like feeling. Drinking lots of water after the massage flushes them from your system. I learned my lesson on this the hard way, lol. I felt terrible later and it was because I did not drink water.

I hope you get to feeling better.
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 4/7/2011 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all your advise I will gladly try them All.

Thanks again


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   Posted 4/8/2011 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Manny,

I have arthritis in my neck and shoulders, too. I also work in front of a computer eight hours a day. This Spring the pain has gotten a lot worse. This is what works for me: Celebrex 200 mg, 350 mg Soma at night, Tramadol, and the occasional Medrol pack when things get out of control. I also get prednisone injections in my shoulders from time to time. I use Ben Gay sports wrap on my neck at times. Sometimes I use an ice pack to reduce the swelling in my neck, and that helps a lot. Also, if you go to PT, they have ultrasound there that really helps swollen, tense muscles. I'm really sorry to hear you are sufferiing like this. I truly hope you get some relief soon. I know this is no fun, Manny.

Best Wishes,
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   Posted 4/8/2011 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
To Mnny and all other desk jockeys, or anyone that spends alot of time at th computer... probably a good portion of us.
In the past one of the jobs I used to do was to help with the building and testing of fiberoptic filters. Eight hours on my feet in a sterile white room with flourecent lights, hard floors, 1mm cubes of coated glass, and all sorts of technical tools and chemicals to help us do our job.
I was on the ergonomics team, the lead for the graveyard shift, and we met weekly to discuss how to make the lab a "safer" place for us to work, as well as how to avoid RMI's (repative motion injuries) and other work-related injuries. Because we were on our feet all day we had the company invest in shock-absorbing matts to put infront of each station. The desks also adjusted so that you could adjust the table height up or down as needed. We also had monitor risers, gel wrist-rests for all the mice, and took regular stretch breaks with a 5 minute series of stretches we could do to help with low back, neck, arms and legs.
You should, by law, be permitted two breaks during the day aside from lunch; utalize these to stretch! Make sure your desk chair adjusts and put it at the correct height in correlation with where you arms land on the desk for the keyboard. If you do not have an ergo-keyboard they do make the gel wrist-strips for infront of them, along with the matching mouse pads. If your monitor is on your desk, and your desk is one level surface, please, /please/, raise your monitor to the proper heigth! I can not stress how important this is to your neck. Don't have monitor risers? Phone books work wonders! You will remove alot of neck, shoulder, and even eye strain by having your monitor in the proper position. Posture also plays a key point when sitting for long periods of time; it's hard to not slouch when sitting and typing alot, but try to make a concious effort to keep your shoulders rolled back. At home you can wear one of those posture-harness devices until muscle memory sets in to help you keep your sholders in place. A foot rest is also a good investment, but with a proper chair, and the proper height plus the stretching, it's not as critical. Also, if you can do it, do little exercises with your feet through out the day; this generally does not interfer with work production, typing, or anything else. Just don't accidentally play footsie with a co-worker.
That's about all I remember, that and all the stuff we had to know about how to adjust our bodies to go against our natural biorythem given I worked on the grave shift, but with my knowledge of bio-mechanics of the human body, muscles and skeleton system (I am a certified massage therapist, though my condition no longer permits me to practise) I was a prime candidate for the ergo leader position. To many offices have gotten away from this practise, and more often then not we're not as aware of these things in our home as we are at work.
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Neurologist, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled, on Percoset.
February 2011 successful SCSU trial
No surgeon willing to do my SCSU Implant
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