My aching neck
Posted 06 August 2008 - 12:47 AM
Been having a still sore neck the last few days but today it's worse than ever.
It's on the right side and hurts so bad and I can't turn my head. Yesterday I put heat rub on but all it did was burn so bad I had to wash it off. I have a bottle of Prednisone left and I'm wondering if it's ok to take just one to ease the stiffness? (they are 4 mg).
I think it may be either my pillow being too big or the air conditioning. Or maybe both?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. It really hurts.
Posted 06 August 2008 - 01:03 AM
I wouldn't take the Prednisone. I'm having such a time just trying to wean off the stuff, it's definitely not something I'd take randomly. An over the counter pain reliever would do just as well. Sometimes when I lift something heavy without bending properly, I pull a muscle in my chest and my neck too. Just don't realize how it happened because the pain usually shows up a day later. Did you try alternating with ice and a heating pad? When I do that with taking the pain reliever, the pain is usually gone in a day or so.
It is what it is...........
Posted 06 August 2008 - 02:53 AM
Also, look for one of the many different herbal bags that you can find (like the rice bags).....probably also at this store. They come in different shapes so as to conform to your shoulders or neck or both. They can be microwaved for heat or put in the freezer for cold. If you use heat and cold alternately, do heat first for just a small amount of time followed by cold for a little longer time.
I'm with Tru.....no pred. Try over the counter stuff.
If you lived close by you could schedule a session with me. I'm a massage therapist and I deal with neck and shoulder issues every day.
Good luck.......hope you feel better soon.
Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:14 AM
Hope it settles for you soon.
Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:29 AM
Hope you feel better!
Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:33 AM
YF---if you make house calls to Long Island, I'd take you up on that in a heartbeat
Posted 06 August 2008 - 06:08 AM
I would try going from hot pack for 20 minutes, 20 minutes nothing, and then cold pack for 20 minutes. That's what my husband's chiropractor told him to do for his shoulder pain. When he does this in alternating pattern he has noticed that it helps. Maybe give it a try and see if helps.
Do you think this is from sclero? It seems there was another posting about the same thing and there seems to be alot of us with this issue.
I hope you get to feeling better!!!! Warm hugs to you,
Posted 06 August 2008 - 06:53 AM
I also frequently get muscle cramps at night. I am convinced that sclero has more effects on muscles than the doctors seem to recognize. Many things can cause neck pain - but if it seem chronic, and other causes are rulled out (like arthritus), it seem that sclero-related myalgia could be the cause. It certainly seesm that way for me.
Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:09 AM
On the upside, the pain is distracting me from my mouth sore
Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:10 AM
I don't think it's a Sclero issue. I think we are so sedentary, that when we do a little of this, or a little of that, we pull a muscle we probably haven't used in a while. At least that's what I find happens with me.
It is what it is...........
Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:24 AM
Just a thought, it could be related to the thing in your mouth?! Same side? Just thinking...
Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:48 AM
Posted 06 August 2008 - 12:05 PM
I understand that you are in pain and no one can tell you how much you hurt. I am sorry that you are suffering. I would definitely recommend against prednisone. I have personal experience with it and will tell you that it was extremely hard on my stomach, entire digestive track and it wreaked havoc with my moods to boot! It took a long time for everything to get back to normal. I agree with the suggestion to get either an X-ray or an MRI of your neck to see what is going on. You should not be in such pain for a prolonged period of time.
It is important to know what is causing the pain. Then a plan of treatment can be determined. Please follow up on it so you can feel better soon. No one likes to hear that you are feeling so awful, especially if there may be a way for you to feel better!
Chocolate, It isn't just for breakfast anymore!
Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:12 PM
Could it possibly be a pinched nerve?
Posted 07 August 2008 - 02:42 AM
Smurfette: Thanks for your input. I still have the bottle of Prednisone because I had to stop due to an allergic reaction, so yeah probably not the brightest idea to take one. I was just desperate for releif. I took some ibuprofen today and that has helped a bit. If it stays this bad though hubby said he'd leave work and take me to the doctor. I'm going to take a wait and see approach.
Purr: It could be. I really don't know. I thought it was a muscle pull/strain/spasm but I could be wrong. I suppose if it stays like this I'll go have it looked at. The heat/ice didn't really do much.
Thanks for all your suggestions everyone.
Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:06 AM
Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:42 AM