Excruciating Neck Pain~! ???

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  1. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I know this is a bit off topic, but I know we have some older fellows in here with just a lot more life experience than I have so going to ask.. I woke up yesterday morning with some horrendous neck pain, those who know me, know that I sleep sitting up, I have for the last 5 years. Anyway I awoke a few day ago unable to turn my head left or right more than a few inches with out excruciating pain. Any Advice as to what to use heat or cold? The pain seems to be generating from a bit lower, shoulder to base of neck, but is translating into the upper area where it connects to the base of my skull. No big head jokes please, I know I have a lot of weight to carry on such a small neck and big head lol.. Any direction suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Something is out of place. If your back is in otherwise good shape I'd go to a chiropractic for adjustment. I was skeptical about it myself but used to have this problem. 98% relief, immediately. When I get locked up like that, every few years, I go in , and it has always worked.
     

  3. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Yup, I haven't been in years and I keep promising myself to schedule an appointment, but a chiropractor is the ticket.
     
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  4. Oldgunner

    Oldgunner Well-Known Member

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    Mar 30, 2018
    Hi, Steve. That's not good to say the least. Years ago I pinched the nerve between my 6th and 7th vertebrae. It happened while I was asleep and apparently rolled into a position where my head was tilted back too far. In my case it caused my left upper arm muscles to turn into mush. It took 3 months of hot soaks in the dispensary, some physical therapy and using a weighted bag to "stretch" my neck three times a day to cure it. I was "grounded" from flying as a pilot for 4 months. I think you should see a doctor fairly soon. Hopefully, your situation isn't as bad as mine was.
     
  5. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Many D.O's are also taught spinal manipulation and my old family Doc had it down. My current Chiropractor is also good. Some are snake oil salesmen that advocate that regular visits cure all ills. Wild speculation that, but they can fix your problem in a heartbeat
     
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  6. BoilerBob

    BoilerBob New Member

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    Feb 13, 2019
    I agree with the other suggestions to visit a Chiropractor...in the meantime, You probably want to use ice for 20 minutes and then rest for 20 minutes and back to ice for another 20 minutes. Basically, you're trying to enhance the blood circulation around the neck area. Good luck! No one understands the pain you are feeling unless they have experienced it themsel
     
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  7. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Yep there is a problem there. About 6 years ago, I was sent for an MRI by my Chiropractor who had been working on me for about a year. What they found in the MRI caused him to refuse to work on me anymore, part of the reason I ended up on disability 5 years ago. Lower 5 are toast, Femoral nerve is crushed and Sciatic Nerve was being encroached upon, with degenerative, bulging and perforated discs, as well as a few other issues there. So they could possibly work on my upper not sure if they would or not.
     
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  8. blue steel 55

    blue steel 55 Well-Known Member

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    Apr 4, 2015
    Steve, a friend of mine just had surgery for a similar problem. Prior to surgery he would use a heat pad for relief. Just be sure you use one of the more modern ones and not get blistered like he did because pad had no thermostat.
    On the other hand I found that with my two stenosis surgeries, a back surgery that I can't spell and double knee replacements ice packs worked best. Try both to see which work best for you. I feel your pain and hope you find some relief.
    Rex
     
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  9. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I had a great Chiropractor, and it was a very sad day when he told me due to my condition he could no longer see me. My opinion is if it's the top shoulder back area they should be okay, but anyone who sees my MRI has so no.. Permanent damage is the concern I guess. Thanks guys I sure do hope it don't take 3-4 months omg, I already feel like I am ages behind schedule.
     
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  10. Don_Con

    Don_Con Member

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    Jan 7, 2019
    Hey All, I work in healthcare, specifically Spine Surgery.

    If the mechanical pain is to an extent where it is preventing you from rotating your head normally, DO NOT go to a chiropractor for an adjustment (yet). Conservatively, I'd highly recommend finding a squared away massage therapist to help loosen up any potential bounded tissue (muscle or fascia). If this gives no relief, i'd move to getting aggressive and recommend getting in front of your GP to get a specialist referral to Neurology for imaging studies to be completed.

    While you wait for a CT/Scan MRI, your GP will probably recommend some type of PT, I'd recommend following this to the T.
     
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  11. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I though this myself, It definitely feels more muscular I believe. I have become pretty good at some self diagnosis in that I have come to know my body pretty well since 2006 when I experienced and esophageal rupture. That coupled with the back problems and a few other health issues and in order to avoid unnecessary ambulance rides to the hospital I have had to get pretty good at recognizing where certain pain is coming from. This radiates into my shoulder and the base of my neck and includes the whole neck up to the base of my skull and is both sides. With a bit more pain on the right.
     
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  12. GeorgeandSugar

    GeorgeandSugar Well-Known Member

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    Nov 25, 2017
    Muscle relaxant, ibuprofen, a massage, stretching later after pain has subsided and possibly a chiropractic visit. A physical therapists suggested no more than three visits to their office. If they cannot address your discomfort in three visits, probably not worth it.

    Stiffness or splinting is typical (protecting the injured area). Misalignment of something in your neck or elsewhere along the spine.

    Been there, done that. Except my discomfort, pain and stiffness was elsewhere down my spine.
     
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  13. GeorgeandSugar

    GeorgeandSugar Well-Known Member

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    Nov 25, 2017
    Muscle relaxant, ibuprofen, a massage, stretching later after pain has subsided and possibly a chiropractic visit. A physical therapists suggested no more than three visits to their office. If they cannot address your discomfort in three visits, probably not worth it.

    Stiffness or splinting is typical (protecting the injured area). Misalignment of something in your neck or elsewhere along the spine.

    Been there, done that. Except my discomfort, pain and stiffness was elsewhere down my spine.
     
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  14. Don_Con

    Don_Con Member

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    Jan 7, 2019
    If you feel radicular pain down to the shoulder, this potentially suggests involvement of the C5 nerve root which innervates all three of the deltoid heads, and is by far the most prone to injury based on its anatomy and its overall shorter length. Not to scare you but I'd get ahead of it and get in with your GP, as it can take several weeks/months to get in front of a specialist.
     
  15. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Ummm, what's going on that other members know how you sleep :careful:

    To answer your question it should always be ice at the onset of an issue like this, for the first 24 hrs, it knocks down the flare up. After that it should be stretching and heat.
     
  16. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Steve neck pain and its stiffness is some of the worst. I've got fusions in both cervical area and lumbar. It's really a last ditch effort imho.
    If you've had a recent mri, then spinal issues should able to be eliminated. If it's not a then get in done so you don't make the condition worse. As it was explained yo me, cervical surgery was after lumbar surgery, you really don't want to interrupt your ability to breathe.
    If it's muscular, lay off all activity for a few days. Use ice and heat (sparingly) and lots of ibuprofen. If you have access to muscle relaxant like flexeril, use it. But don't work afterwards! This stuff lays me out. Enjoy, sleep is good medicine.
    I feel your pain. Good luck
     
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  17. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Can't take Ibuprofen, allergic unfortunately cause initially it always helps but then I break out after the second dose. I wish I had a muscle relaxer lol. Been two days was hoping it would get better so heat it is lol.
     
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  18. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    If you haven't used ice, use it first and most as it will reduce inflammation. Use hear sparingly, and alternate .can you use aspirin, the naproxen, or last acetaminophen? All will help
     
  19. UBOATDOC

    UBOATDOC THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU......LATER Supporting Addict

    Apr 5, 2015
    If I may make some recommendations, Steve, after asking a couple questions. 1. Are you having any numbing/loss of strength in your arms/hands? 2. Have you had any recent injury or been holding your head.upper body in unusual positions(looking at computer, straining or holding your head looking down while at work? 3. Any history of neck problems in the past? These questions will help guide you to the correct therapy. Heat for strain and ice for sprain, so since this sounds like a strain...local heat. As helpful will be a short regimen of muscle relaxants such as Flexaril. This along with Ibuprofen(if you can take it and do not have kidney problems or coronary artery disease) may provide relief. Massage is an excellent idea as well. I would not necessarily see a chiropractic provider at this point. In terms of an osteopathic physician...maybe better, but my experience is that many no longer do any manipulation and practice as allopathic physicians. Do you need an MRI....not unless this persists or you have defined symptoms of nerve impingement(numbing/paraesthesias/dysesthesias) Hope this helps, my friend. Doc Oops, just saw that you are allergic to Ibuprofen. I would go with Tylenol and have your local MD/DO put you on a short burst of corticosteroids.
     
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  20. BennyAdeline

    BennyAdeline Official Hi-Point Brand Representative

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    Nov 26, 2018
    Steve, make an appt with a sport medicine Dr ASAP. They will set you straight.
     

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