OUCH! My neck!!

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   Posted 12/22/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I just cannot believe how out of all the places that ache and hurt every day, my neck seems to be the most common to me and the victim of the WORST PAIN I'VE EVER FELT! I can barely move my head to the side because when I stretch my neck too much I get shooting pains in it! Does anyone else have very bad neck pain?? shakehead

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   Posted 12/22/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   

my neck is an extremely painful spot for me too. i honestly dont know what to do about it, nothing i have tried seems to work- sorry i cant be of help, but at least you know you are not alone.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
JCgurl and Maz,

Try heat. I have terrible neck pain and no matter how hard I try sometimes I can't drive for not being able to look over my shoulder. I have found that I hot bath or shower works pretty well for a little while. I love Icy Hot. That helps me sometimes as well. But if my neck hurts for more than a week straight, I know that it's time for me to buy an new extra firm pillow. I can't promise that any of this will work for you, but I can share my experience in the prayer that it will help relieve some of your pain and discomfort.

Hope this helps. You may also want to mention the neck pain to your doctors and see if they can find out what is causing these problems.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My neck is as well, however it's usually not as bad as yours. I love my flaxseed neck warmer. Another thing that I've found that helps is Freeze It. It's a cream in the section with icyhot and bengay. It works better then both of them. Just put a lot on there and it will feel like getting a shot of Novicane to the neck! I've been rubbing it all over my back!
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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I have what is called a bed buddy. It is like a long sock filled with rice or beans or something. I heat it up in the microwave and then wrap it in a towel and put around my neck. It stays warm for a long time and releases the tight muscles. I swear by it. So look for a bed buddy at Walmarts. That is where I found mine. Usually in the pharmacy, but sometimes back in sporting goods.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone, I will definately try your suggestions!!

Hope all is well with everyone.

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   Posted 12/23/2008 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Like Karen, I swear by my Bed Buddy too.  I have it around my neck right now because neck pain is one of my key places for pain.  The warmth really seems to help my neck pain when nothing else seems to work.  Hugs, Denise

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   Posted 12/24/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
What I learned studying about muscles, on a series from one of the top therapist in the US is this. Oh, sorry, I can't remember his name by the way. To bad the series wasn't on why my memory stinks, but anyhow, its this, and it really applies to neck muscle pain.

Muscles are by nature designed to handle being tight. We aren't talking spasm tight, just tight. They can take allot of tension before they cause pain.

What muscles are not designed to handle is being tight and overstretched at the same time. Being tight and over stretched causes severe pain.

Every muscle has a opposing muscle. The opposing muscle is usualy the problem.

If your neck, in this case, is hurting on the right side muscle, it is tight and overstretched because the left side, opposing muscle, is tight, but not overstretched, and pulling on the sore side of it allot.

If your right side hurts and you stretch it, it may seem like a temporary relief, but your probably stretching a already over stretched muscle and your making it worse. Do it enough and soon you won't be able to turn your head away from that muscle.

Stretching is good. Overstretching is bad, and if the muscle is already acheing, its probably overstretching.

If your hurting on the right side, stretch the left side muscle, so it goes back to its normal, relaxed length and it quits pulling on the right side. Hurting on the left side, stretch the right side muscle. Turn your head toward the pain and hold the stretch in that direction.

This applies to the whole body. You stretch into the direction of the pain, not away from it.

On neck pain, turning the head toward the pain, the direction its not hurting to turn and stretch, and applying heat for temporary relief, and massage, and avoiding as much as possible turning your head in the painful direction until it heals up will help it heal as fast as its going to heal.

If you can lay your hands on one of those ****zu neck massagers, those help allot, especialy using them right before you go to bed. Wal-Mart used to carry them for 15 or 20 bucks around Christmas. Anyhow, the massage things you lay your whole head in and the rollers work your neck muscles over. If you take your time with them, move your head around and work as much of those neck muscles as you can before you go to bed, your next day will be allot better.

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Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 12/24/2008 2:19:03 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/25/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Lol. Thank you, Grailhunter! You seem like you really know your stuff and I will keep it all in mind!! I have now been putting a pain patch on the back of my neck at night, which has been helping.....
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