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Hello out there fellow neck pain sufferers...

...or those people, probably rare indeed, who are interested in acquiring some chronic neck pain for themselves.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend it, because pain sucks, especially any pain that lives close to the brain for any extended period of time, like neck pain, tooth or ear pain, headaches etc.

Ironically perhaps I have been a massage therapist for over 30 years, first job from school actually, even before there was anything like massage schools or diplomas and all that. Now I live in Vienna, Austria and I work for a large ballet company.

For about ten years now I've suffered myself with chronic neck pain, including at least 2 or 3 times per week, good quality headaches accompany my neck pain like a side salad. So, I've had a double dose of pain to deal with, but on the days I just have neck pain, it seems not so bad.

Over the years I have helped many people with neck pain, and it sort of became my specialty because I really felt for those people. My situation helps me with empathy for others, which in itself is a positive thing, I do like to see the bright side when I can.

Sadly I have not had much luck in finding a therapist who can help me, I wish I could step out of my own self and do to me what I can do for others but that machine isn't built yet.

I try not to complain too much because unless someone actually lives with chronic neck pain and/or headaches, nobody really understands. My wife can see my pain, she offers me her elbow from time to time to jam into my neck and trapezius, but I can see she gets sick of doing it so I say, nah, don't worry about it, unless the pain is really suckin' me down on that day especially badly. I'm always rolling my neck from side to side, stretching it, getting those little cracks and releases that don't seem to offer much help, but it's more of a subconscious thing I do now.

Anyway, that's my story, not much of a story but that's all I can think of right now.



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    Have you had any imaging studies done of your neck? Xrays, MRI's, CT scans? What other symptoms are you having aside from the neck pain and headaches? Numbness, tingling, pins and needles? Pain in arms, hands, fingers?
    The reason that I am asking all of this is that you might want to consider a visit with a board certified spine surgeon, either an ortho or a neurosurgeon who can send you for these studies to determine what, if anything in your spine might be causing this type of pain and headaches.
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