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Neck Pain

I have had this on going problem with my neck, when I look to the right it gets stuck and is hard to turn back left. When I walk I have to look left or it will make it hard to even walk, its really affecting my quality of life. Ive seen doctors and they say its arthritis, Ive had MRIs done, tried chiropractic and they say the muscles on that side are very hard. Massage helps a little but not for long. Im not on any meds and other than that seem to be healthy and in fair shape

Daniel Anthony


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 03/18/2013 - 11:41 AM
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  • Hi there, Daniel:

    Welcome! I am sure you will receive a lot of suggestions and opinions on here, so here I go! :)

    1) Have you gotten more than one doctor's opinion? Perhaps your doctor missed something and seeing another (an orthopedist or neurologist) might give you some more info.

    Even if it is arthritis, there might be some things that another doctor might suggest that this doctor hasn't. There are vitamins and minerals that people take to help reduce the symptoms so that they are not having to take drugs, especially long term.

    2) Have you tried physical therapy? I ask because even if it is arthritis, there may be some exercises you can do on a regular basis that will aid in keeping your neck more flexible on a long-term basis.

    3) Have you tried acupunture? I agree regarding massage - I LOVE LOVE LOVE massage, but it has temporary benefits. If you haven't tried acupunture, it might be something to check into.

    4) Heat - do you use heating pads? You know - those microwaveable pads that fit around the back of your neck? I use that help loosen the back of my neck with my cervical issues. It helps A LOT - at least for me.

    Those are a few thoughts.

    I am sure others will weigh in, too.

    Let us know if you try anything else and what you figure out.
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
  • I totally agree with those heating gel pads, they really release muscle tension, I also used it for my upper trapezius. I have my doubts with neck exercises/stretching when your in real pain. sometimes its better not to force anything. Maybe I'am totally wrong but it I had the feeling it made things worse for me.
  • Hi
    Just wanted to say I would keep on on this and. Find out if any nerves or cord is compressed because this is when damage happens. Heat, ay help it does many but ice does better for me.
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