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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/7/2017 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I woke up feeling like my neck / shoulder is stiff. This seems to happen every so often & it is really uncomfortable. Does anyone have any ideas of how I can get this to improve quickly. Perhaps a stretch or an OTC pill? It usually takes a good 3 days to heal and I don't want to be uncomfortable for 3+ days. shakehead
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   Posted 12/7/2017 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you take Aleve?
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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd prefer not to take NSAIDs because they are linked to pouchitis and I don't want that.
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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I might suggest Robax, it's what I take when I have back spasms. I wonder if it would help your neck & shoulder... But check if it contains any NSAID, I am not sure about that.

As for stretches, some very gentle ones that I often do when I have stiffness or pain:

Wrap your arms around yourself (give your self a hug) and gently lower your chin to your chest. If it doesn't hurt, gently roll your head from side to side.

Sit in a chair with your knees about shoulder width apart. Gently bend over and place your hands or at least finger tips on the floor on either side of one foot. Hold for a bit. Then place your hands between your feet, hold. Then on either side of the other foot. (This actually helps stretch the back more, but may help with shoulder/neck too).

My favourite shoulder stretch uses a resistance band - do you have one? It's hard to describe so I was trying to find a youtube video of it and of course I can't find one. If you have a resistance band I will try to describe it to you.
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Post Edited (Serenity Now) : 12/7/2017 3:27:09 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh I hate that! Happens every so often to me (once even woke up with my head hanging off of my mattress and neck bent weird)!

Ask your significant-other for some neck rubs?

Will Tylenol or Tylenol No 3 with Codine help?
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   Posted 12/7/2017 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestions. I am trying those stretches Serenity. Everything hurts on the left side.

It happens to me every few months and it's the worst. I can't turn my head left.

SO is away, so no rub, but it never really helps anyway, only for a moment. I am allergic to codeine. May try some tylenol but it never helps much. I know an advil/aleve would probably knock it out. I have robaxin but it doesn't help much. I am going to raid the cabinet. The icy-hot didn't do one iota.
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   Posted 12/7/2017 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Chiropractor? I use Costco Back Relief brand...same as Robaxacet (tylenol with Methocarbamol). Do the stretches after a shower.....
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   Posted 12/7/2017 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
This happens to me every few months too when I sleep in a funny position. It usually helps quite a bit to use a "magic bag" or rice bag that is heated up in the microwave. Just make sure it's not too hot and not directly on your skin. Use a sweater or a towel to act as a barrier.

Once it's been on your neck and shoulders for half an hour or an hour or so, I usually stretch by gently motioning my chin to my collar bone, switching from side to side.

There have been a few times I just haven't been able to get back to normal over a few days and have had to go see a massage therapist.

Hope you feel better!
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   Posted 12/7/2017 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could go to a chiropractor but I am scared, at least if i had one (and I wasn't such a wuss), i could go when this happens. Maybe i will try the heating pad, probably the same as the rice, but last time I plugged in the heating pad, I blew a fuse, and I really don't want to deal with it again. This is stiffening up even worse than before. I feel like I can't move at all. I am going to take the robaxin with some tylenol and hope for some improvement. I am sure the only thing that will really help is a few days and some sleep. :-(

Thanks for all the suggestions. I already tried a very hot shower to loosen it up, that was before it was at its worst too.
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   Posted 12/7/2017 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Ice is better than heat. My husband is a massage therapist, and heat can actually make you hurt more because it pulls more blood to the area. Hope you get some relief!
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   Posted 12/8/2017 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have got a great chiropractor and whenever anything is wrong he always fixes it. I can understand you being nervous about seeing someone, and I think what you really need is a recommendation from someone as taking meds for pain is only masking the problem.
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   Posted 12/8/2017 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I took the robaxin and some tylenol and it seemed to help, but last night was tough, just couldn't get comfortable. Now I am stiff as ever, probably in the worst of it. I will have to take some more of the relaxers and hopefully the worst passes quickly. Usually it's 3-4 days for the stiffness to go away. I need a new mattress & a massage therapist or chiropractor.
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   Posted 12/8/2017 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you sitting correctly at your computer because that is one of the quickest ways to get problem areas if your not.

https://www.wikihow.com/Sit-at-a-Computer
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/8/2017 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
hah. If there was an article of how not to sit at a computer, there would be a picture of me.

I sit on the couch a lot... I am sure it's not helping my situation.

I am a little better now, but I was really stiff this morning. I probably have another 1-2 days of this.
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   Posted 12/9/2017 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
How are you feeling today, nssg? Any better?
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/9/2017 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
A little better. It's a slow progress. Today is day 3. I think tomorrow it should be almost 100%. Thanks for asking. This happens every few months and nothing seems to help besides time, but the stretches definitely felt good.
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   Posted 12/9/2017 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
New mattress. They’ve come along way in the past 5 years. Last year I bought one of those Purple mattresses and it is the most comfortable mattress that I’ve ever had. [url]www.onpurple.com[\url]

Maybe your PCP can give you a script for a muscle relaxer for when this happens in the future.
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   Posted 12/9/2017 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay. Glad to hear it's getting a bit better. If you do come across any stretches or anything else in future that helps, please share with us. It seems many of us experience the same issue from time to time.
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/9/2017 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I had more stretches. I did the ones you told me. smile

ks, those mattresses are expensive, but the 100 day guarantee is nice. I need a new mattress. Something to consider... and yes, I wish I had something to help, as this happens more often than I'd like. Even once every ttwo or three months is a huge inconvenience.
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   Posted 12/10/2017 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
NSSG,

It’s a large up front cost but I don’t consider them expensive since you use it for ~8 hours a day and you will keep it for 5-10+ years and will effect your quality of life. What’s the cost of a bad/cheap mattress? Body pain, poor sleep, moodiness, poor job performance, other health issues?

Some of these places offer financing.

I am a horrible sleeper so I value a good mattress.
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   Posted 12/10/2017 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Before you replace a mattress, i would start with new pillows. Get a foam pillow with extra support.

Is your current mattress soft, firm, or pillow top?

How do you typically sleep? On back, a side, or on your stomach?

The super soft mattresses are best if you sleep on your back. Otherwise, they're bad for your back and neck. Side sleepers are best to have a firm mattress.
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   Posted 12/10/2017 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I still have a little stiffness today. Annoying. I am sure tomorrow I will be better. it's not terrible anymore, just a bit of lingering stiffness. I actually have a really firm mattress. It was cheap and it's foam. One of the newer types they sell on amazon. It's not very good, so i think a replacement is a good idea. Keith is right, it's your back & your body, sleep is so important to your overall health, and you do use it a lot. I should invest in something decent.

The pillow situation is another one entirely. I had a lot of different ones. Even ones specifically for cervical neck pain. I've had foam, a variety of them too. I recently got a smushy one and I prefer it. I sleep on my sides mostly. I don't know what I will do, but I wouldn't be surprised if a mattress is a worthwhile option to try. I've actually had these stiff necks with every mattress i've had though, over years and years. They just pop up one morning and you can't turn one direction without a lot of pain. smile
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   Posted 12/10/2017 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd loose your old mattress in the move then. In the meantime talk to a few mattress places and mention that you sleep on your side and have random neck pain. They should be able to direct you to the right kind. You don't have to pay a bazillion dollars to get a good night's sleep. I always go for a good mid-grade mattress. My last move I did the same thing, new mattress maybe $800 for a queen-sized set, firm with memory foam on the top. One of the major brands. Sleep better now smile

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   Posted 12/10/2017 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
When this happens to me, if it's not incredibly painful, the best help is a massage and gentle stretching. I don't get shoulder pain per se, it's mostly neck, but a good massage therapist can push me a bit past the pain and get things loosened up a bit. Then I can work on it a little more by, over the next few days, using my hand to push my head left/right or up/down, to the point of discomfort and a wee bit past, turn my head left/right, up/down to the point of discomfort and a wee bit past, and each day I have extended the movement, and over about four or five days, it will get better.

I have a lot of trouble sleeping on anything but a very, very flat pillow. Anything else and I absolutely wake up with a stiff neck. I know someone said no heat, but that seems to help me gain movement better than ice.

Hope you're feeling better by now!

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   Posted 12/10/2017 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with iPoop. Try a new pillow first. I get this when I sleep with a too high pillow and my neck ends up kinked. I side sleep and stomach sleep, although sometimes I will wake up on my back, but it's usually because I have dogs on both sides of me and no room to move! If you're a side sleeper, and you're trying a pillow out, make sure your head continues as a straight line from your spine to the top of your head, that you're not kinking your neck up because of the height of the pillow.

I have one pillow I have been sleeping with for a couple of years and I can't hardly tolerate anything else. It's very flat. I even ordered another one from Amazon that was adjustable by taking out some of the stuffing, which is torns up into small pieces foam. It's still not as good as that extremely flat pillow.

Good luck. A stiff neck is really uncomfortable.
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