I developed a "stiff neck" three days ago. I don’t think this is as serious as some of the very serious neck problems in this forum, but nevertheless perhaps someone has advice for me. This is my first ever post in the neck pain message board.
It is painful to turn my head to the sides. Even the acceleration of a car, from starting to getting moving, the momentum forces cause a bit of pain. Getting into bed is painful, as that involves twisting my head, though once my head is resting on the pillow while I'm laying on my back, the neck feels okay. Turning onto my side in bed is quite painful, so I sleep only on my back.
When I swallow in normal head position I get a pain in the upper right neck. When I elongate my head up and back and swallow, I don't get a pain or spasm in the upper right neck. Thus I have to carefully elongate my head when swallowing after chewing or drinking.
I saw my local physiotherapist yesterday. She says “stiff neck” is too broad a term to use. She thought my probelm was not muscle tension, but the C1/C2 (could be C0/C1) facet joint (“zed” joint she called it) was not gliding, and this was causing the muscles around it to tense and spasm to protect it when it was aggravated. I am guessing she was referring to "cervical facet syndrome". As in link removed
I can definitely feel the pain and soreness centers on the upper right inside neck, though the whole neck reacts with pain if I move it sideways. I can move my head forward and down with no problem.
While I first noticed tension in my neck muscles it was after laying on my stomach on the floor mat with my head twisted to the side in a Pilates exercise class. (Similar to sleeping laying on your stomach.) It wasn’t an immediately acutely painful injury where you know immediately that something bad has happened. Rather, the neck become more painful hours later.
Anyone have anything similar or know of someone with something similar? What was your experience? How long did it take to recover? One bit of advice I’ve seen is: “Perform slow range-of-motion exercises -- up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear -- to gently stretch the neck muscles.” Did you do those exercises? Did you let your physiotherapist manipulate your facet joint to try to mobilise it? Any good webpage or forum post on this type of problem that I should look at?
Any comments welcomed. I will answer any follow up questions to me.
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