Posted 6/7/2008 2:13 AM (GMT -6)
I have a lot of neck pain, like redrose, and have had two surgeries. She's got me beat by far. Anyway, you can try putting a dab of bengay or tiger balm on your temples, massaging it in in a circular motion, and then at the base of your neck, to relieve the pain. This works the same way as that head on product. But a small jar of tiger balm will likely last you your entire life and cost about five bucks or so. You can get it in drug stores or healthfood stores. It is also good to put on itching spider/ant/mosquito bites and for general arthritis pain. It is concentrated and long lasting.
You should check with your doctor and I agree with the other posts about checking your bp. I have a cuff at home, we have practically a little nurses station at my house, so that if one of us feels poorly, we can know if it is due to high or low bp. I don't know if you are one in which your blood sugar is driving your bp up on prednisone, because that can happen. A blood sugar test kit is a good thing to have, some pharmacies will test your sugar for you along with blood pressure.
If you find it is muscular/arthritis in the neck stuff, then there is a new Voltaren gel that is quite effective for relaxing neck muscles. You may also get relief by putting a rolled up towel around your neck when you sleep or even during the day, holding the ends together with one hand to form a sort of a brace to give your neck a rest.
Traction helped me before my surgery and supposedly taking the pressure off the vertebrae can help degenerative arthritis heal and rebuild. There are home traction devices but I would suggest you get a diagnosis for the pain if it persists and go the physical therapy first where they can show you how to use it.
Neck pillows for travel may help during the day as well.
Of course, the above things only work for arthritis/muscular neck stuff. We tend to clench our teeth and tighten our neck muscles on pred sometimes and I think that causes my pain, when I get it.
A dab of tiger balm or ben gay on the spot might provide instant relief from the pain though, or at least enough to sleep.
Take care and I hope you feel better soon. neck pain is rotten.
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