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   Posted 4/17/2011 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
does anyone have muscle spasms in the neck? 2 times in the last 5 months I had horrible bouts of muscle spasms where it felt like my whole neck tensed up as much as it could, I could not lay down without horrible pain, sit in a chair due to head being so tender or ride in a car. I had to lay on a soft pillow sitting up and suffer with heat and taking muscle relaxers.. any idea what to do or what this is from?

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   Posted 4/17/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
My muscles tense up in my neck and it can get very stiff, too, where I can't turn my head.  I massage my neck.  It's something I can reach and do pretty easily.  I find that I have muscle knots at the base of my skull.  I press on these.  It hurts but then it feels better and my neck muscles feel better, too.
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   Posted 4/17/2011 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe that when we get pain, we tense up. And our neck and shoulders is where htis happens. I personally use a bed buddy when this happens. Along with muscle relaxers too. But the bed buddy (if you don't already know) can be heated in the microwave and worn around the neck. I also have a massager that I can put around my neck. Once you get those muscles relaxed, you will feel a whole lot better. Meditation works too to relax the muscles.

Best wishes for you to feel better.

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   Posted 4/17/2011 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you for responding.. this is more like someone is stretching my muscles in my neck as tight as they will go . I cant even lay down without horrible pain from the pulling of the muscles from that extra exertion. it takes a while for them to relax with the heat and the muscle relaxers but then it is very stiff and sore after they muscles relax. even my head is very tender if I move my hair when this is going on. I usually do have a stiff neck and rubbing and activ on does help however.. have you had anything like this?

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   Posted 4/17/2011 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried taking magnesium, I used to get terrible muscle cramps in my legs at night but since Ive been taking magnesium I very seldom have them and they aren't as severe when I do get them. I was at the end of my ropes as far as the cramping when a friend told me about magnesium. I hope it helps you,

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   Posted 4/17/2011 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I get what I call Fibro Neck which, at it's worse, actually includes the neck/head, down into and across my shoulders and upper back and will blanket down into my chest when it's really bad. Usually what I've found is I've done something (a perpetuating factor) to cause it - like cleaning out the fridge (or some sadistic physical therapist has gotten hold of me and I didn't say no when I should have.) Something about reaching into those fridges to wipe will do it every time as well as gardening if I'm not careful of body position. For treatment, well, you mentioned our favorite heating pad (that is if the cats don't spot it first :) and I will use either a Tennis Ball/dog toy ball underneath it to apply pressure to where it hurts for relief or I will use that over my little mechanical neck roller thingy. Otherwise, it's meds and in bed with the treatment. See if you can remember what you did in the days prior before these attacks to find your own perpetuating factor. It can take a couple of days to develop. Just a thought. I sure hope you feel better.
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   Posted 4/17/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
15 years ago I was in an auto accident and got whiplash. Since then my neck has had it's fair share of issues. I would go years without having anything wrong with my neck but then I would do something stupid and "tweak" it. The last time I did that, I couldn't turn my head from side to side or up and down. It felt like someone was taking a knife and stabbing me in my neck and shoulder. I eventually went to urgent care where he gave me a shot of Toradol, pain meds and a muscle relaxer. After my neck healed, with the help of heat and a soft collar I went to physical therapy. However, there were no hands on p/t but rather them showing me how to strengthen the muscles in my neck. My neck feels so much stronger.

However, sometimes just sitting at the computer will make my neck ache. That is my cue to stop what I am doing and just do gentle exercises and stretching. I also have a neck traction pillow, it helps take the pressure of my skull off my neck for a short while. Heat and ice have become my best friend. :)
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   Posted 4/17/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I like the term "fibro neck." :) Sometimes my neck, shoulders, and even the muscles up into the back of my head get EXTREMELY tight and painful. Lying down is out of the question, and I have to sleep propped up. I don't usually know what brings it on, and it takes several days to go away. My head gets really tender and sore too.

I try hot showers, heating pad, muscle relaxers and massage. That is definitely one of the most painful fibro symptoms I get, and it makes it very difficult to sleep which makes all of my other pain worse.

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   Posted 4/17/2011 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Heat works best. Then Massage. Muscle Relaxers if all else fails. imo

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   Posted 4/18/2011 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problems too and often times I do lay my head against a pillow on the back of the couch.  It seems the pain is worse if you lay flat, for some odd reason.  I too use a bed buddy, which I absolutely need to get some new rice for. 

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   Posted 4/19/2011 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I get pain there also. It's almost like a really bad charlie horse that doesn't want to go away.
The only thing that works is that moist heat for me.
I'm always stretching and moving my neck so it doesn't stiffen up or get tight.
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