My neck pain is caused by mostly the upper vertebrae, which use to give me mi grains that lasted three weeks on end at times.
I was told by the best neurologist we had at that time, that I would have these mi grains the rest of my life. I wanted to kill myself.
About four years after my injury I saw a NUCCA specialist he specialized in the upper neck vertebrae.
After about eleven treatment I never had a serious mi grain since and that was 1991.
I continue to have neck pain and sometimes my neck will lock up and get kind of stuck in a position and hurt like hell.
Because my top vertebrae was out of position and interfering with the brain stem, I have central sleep apnea since the day of my oil field accident in January of 1987.
I have not noticed getting any sleep since the day I got hit in the head and several tests show I stop breathing 97 times an hour and I get no rem sleep.
I have been told the treatments I am getting done on my upper vertebrae could cure my sleep apnea.
Tests show I sleep 13% better on my stomach and have a lot less pain in my neck and back, also my shoulders are a lot less sore.
I had problems for years trying to keep my head as straight as possible, when I try to sleep and then adding room for a Bi Pap mask seemed impossible until I invented a bed for sleeping on your stomach and keeping the spine completely straight.
I used a bed frame and put a 1 inch thick plywood board and I made the top just above my chest drop down on an angle with hinges so my arms would be comfortable and relaxed.
I had another piece of plywood type material about 10" deep for my head to rest on and covered everything with memory foam.
The memory foam was still not thick enough so I ordered a 8 inch thick memory foam bed with a firm base and softer outer layer and cut about 12 inch section out about again 12 inches from the top of the mattress.
This was so I would have head support and room for my arms to hang down in comfort and to give me room for the bi pap mask.
The memory foam was thick enough that I didn't need the drop floor at the top for my arms and I put the thinner memory foam underneath the 8 inch mattress for my arms to lay on in comfort.
I stay I one position all night and with a lot les pain and I may be getting better, I have not seen the sleep specialist since but will soon.
Now my major problem is when I rest my forehead on the memory foam mattress I get a vey sore red spot and pressure sores on my forehead.
I also have just recovered from TMJ or as close as you can so I can't touch my jaw on the pillow either.
If anyone has any ideas how I can stop getting these pressure sores, It would make me very happy. : - )
By the way if you sleep on your stomach the bed I made is awesome and very cheap it cost under $500.00 with both memory foam mattresses.