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Does cervical problems cause shoulder/neck tension?

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 290
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm just wondering, because my PT doc says I have a lot of tension in my shoulders and neck and that may be the problem. However I am taking psyche drugs and muscle relaxers and am way better with my mental health than I was in Jan 08. I don't think I'm tense at all. Maybe it is sitting in one place for a long period of time everyday that is creating the tension...Otherwise can the problems I have listed below cause the muscle to tense? I mean something must if people (me) get spasms in the neck.

Thanks :)
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  • Oh and the PT gave me some stretches for my arm pain...I'm going to try it. It's just I've been doing the samething for years with the computer and going about, and never has my neck or shoulders been in pain for any period of time, let alone a year. I'm sure the computer and posture makes what I have irratated or worse, but I don't think it is the cause, but who knows. I still get pain sleeping, laying down, walking , sitting properly...Although some activites decrease it, it doesn't take it away.
  • Check for the spelling, but i have it and it causes pain similar to it.
  • Hi ButterflyPain, a chronic problem such as you have will no doubt lead to other associated symptoms, and muscle tension would be high on the list.
    This can be caused by your mental state, as you acknowledge, as when you bottle up stress etc from whatever is going on in your life.
    Some stress is vital as it makes us get things done, but it can be too much.
    Then there is your physiological condition , where a sore neck may become stiff as a protective measure, and this stiffness will then inhibit other movements, so other muscles will be put in a stress situation and will also stiffen.
    So I would say muscle tension is very likely to be involved somehow. It is for me, and I used to get massages done to relieve the neck and shoulder pains-but to be told I was too stiff to be able to be worked on. Posture is a prime cause too-especially desk, computer and mouse usage.
    Unfortunately there is no simple answer, and every one's body is different. Once the spine is involved a lot of things can result.
    So definitely have a good look at your posture throughout the day, look for repetitive tasks that you do, check seats and beds for proper support and get good sleep.
  • MY ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR SAID IT DEFINETELY DOES. But it can also mean seperate issues also, i have pain an spasms in my shoulder for 2 reasons one from the cervical spine and 2 tendonitis and rotary cuff problems but more from the cervical spine. The specialist told me they go hand and hand.

    I had a trigger point injection in my shoulder as a test and some hopeful relief to see if the pain and spasms where coming from the disc in my neck or the shoulder problem and the injection did not relieve the pain so they said it was from the neck.

    I am not in the medical field just passing on advice i was told from my doctor with cervical and shoulder problems. Always ask your doctors opinion.

    I hope you feel better

    DAWN
  • My MRI is similar to yours im 29 and also suffer from Depression. How did the Cymbalta work? Im thinking about trying that next. Did you get injections?
  • JKDE302 said:
    My MRI is similar to yours im 29 and also suffer from Depression. How did the Cymbalta work? Im thinking about trying that next. Did you get injections?
    Yes, Cymbalta has helped me, as well as my lexapro. My psychatrist gave it to me for my depression, but also for my pain with either my spine issue or my depression or both. I believe my depression to be associated with my chronic pain and the first 6 months of it being just overwhelming for me. I plan to try to get off the psyche drugs within the next six months, as I think *I hope* I can now get by without them.
  • dawn1068 said:
    MY ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR SAID IT DEFINETELY DOES. But it can also mean seperate issues also, i have pain an spasms in my shoulder for 2 reasons one from the cervical spine and 2 tendonitis and rotary cuff problems but more from the cervical spine. The specialist told me they go hand and hand.

    I had a trigger point injection in my shoulder as a test and some hopeful relief to see if the pain and spasms where coming from the disc in my neck or the shoulder problem and the injection did not relieve the pain so they said it was from the neck.

    I am not in the medical field just passing on advice i was told from my doctor with cervical and shoulder problems. Always ask your doctors opinion.

    I hope you feel better

    DAWN
    Thank you for this. I think now my problem with tight muscles probably comes a little from each the spine, psychological (at first a lot, now not so much) and Posture.

    I think the main two now for me is posture and the spine.

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