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Neck strain, can't lift head. Normal?

shuandrewsshuandrew Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all. A few weeks ago, I sat up in bed and felt a clunking pull in the back and middle of my neck. My doc diagnosed muscle strain, and I have been prescribed painkillers and anti inflammatories.

My main worry is that I cannot lift my head/neck level without a sharp pinching pain after a few seconds, in the spot I pulled it, forcing me to droop my head again. Drooping ky head like this has caused a further pull in my back.

I know strains can take weeks to heal, but can anyone reassure me that my symptoms sound familiar? I have been stretching to relieve stiffness, but should I force my neck level, even though it kills, or droop and hope it eases? I can't stand up long with the pain so I am sitting with a drooped head or lying for reiief.

I think my complaint was caused by prolonged poor posture. I hope someone can help reassure me as I am a great worrier and scared2 that I have something bad.

Thank you for reading.


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Welcome to SH.

    In my opinion (such as it is) it does sound like a strain. I've had many of them and know the feeling well. Ouch! It's no fun at all and yes it seems to take a long time for them to get better.

    Did they give you any muscle relaxers? I've always tried heat, massage, and very gentle stretches to try to help. Plus pain relief ointments--I think the gentle massage from rubbing in on helps more than the ointment does.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help. I hope that you feel better real soon. Hopefully the anti-inflammatory will help. Keep us updated.

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