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Neck stiffness and back pain when bend

jeh123jjeh123 Posts: 2
edited 05/20/2013 - 5:05 AM in New Member Introductions
I have had neck problems forever. Waking up and not being able to move or look side to side because the pain was so bad I thought I would be sick. This only happens however after days of doing lots of activity and lifting things, etc. Otherwise my neck feels ok, but there is still a stiffness and a feeling if you drew a line down my neck and accross my shoulders where the two points meet.
Lately I have had a tingling and numbness in my right arm and my center back is starting to feel a little pain when I move and bend over. Its getting worse. I know I need to go to the doctor but I dont have the money to go and have them tell me that there is nothing to do about it.
My lower back feels fine. And I dont have pain most of the time, it is uncomfortable but I dont need to take anything for pain. Its more of a stiffness right now in my neck and then just a slight pain along my center spine when I bend. Any help you be greatly appreciated. I am a 31yr. old female, slim and otherwise healthy. I did have an accident when I was way younger in which I fell 15 feet onto concrete and landed on my head which I am SURE wasnt great for my neck, as well as one or two small car accidents in which I dont recall being hurt at the time, but I am sure that didnt help either. Anyway I am just curious if this could be the symptoms of something really serious.
The more I think about it, my right arm may be a little weaker than usual. I also drop things alot because my hand seems to just open. I never associated this with anything but being clumsy, but the more I read the more I think that it may be associated with this neck/back issue....


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 05/20/2013 - 6:06 AM
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    I'm sorry that you are experiencing occassional neck pain. None of us are doctors, so we can't tell you what may or may not be the cause of your pain and stiffness. Do you use any over the counter muscle rubs or something similar? Any over the counter meds like motrin or aleve? They may help or even tylenol muscle and stiffness I believe it is called might all be helpful or a heating pad , or hot shower all might help to relieve some of the muscle stiffness. I use a heated bag filled with instant rice heated in the microwave for two minutes, works wonders and conforms to the area really well helps to ease muscle pain.
    If you read through the conditions tab and the treatment tab, you might find some information about what might be contributing to the numbness and clumsiness. I have ulnar neuropathy which caused similar symptoms on the outside of both hands. I was told that I need surgery to repair it though..
  • Hey Sandi, thank you so much for the reply, your reply would prove to be very helpful to many of us here who have been suffering with the problem since long and have not found any remedy. Thanks again.
  • Kiki48KKiki48 Posts: 196
    edited 05/24/2013 - 7:14 AM
    Jeh123, sounds like what I experienced 30 years ago. When I started lifting weights the issues with my neck, head, sometimes back gradually increased. It took 14 years for it to become disabling to me. My suggestion would be first to go to a a cervical spine specialist. Google NUCCA. Not all NUCCA docs are the same. Just like any other doctor. If you would like you can PM me and I will tell and give you more information to the best of my knowledge. I wish I would have known then what I know now. I think it's worth looking into it and if nothing else ruling it out.

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