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Head too heavy for the neck.

KSawaniKKSawani Posts: 1
edited 08/18/2015 - 3:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have been suffering from chronic neck pain since I was in Primary school. Hence, I don't exactly remember how it started. Before the pain was mild and on and off. Over the course of years it has become unbearable and constant. My neck crack when I move it. The pain has now reached my head and my head is always hurting. I have to constantly rest my neck as it can't take the weight of my head anymore. I am always tired and sleepy. Ive been to a number of doctors, but all they've prescribed are pain killers. I take sleeping pills many times cause I cannot sleep comfortably. I also suffer from sleep parlysis quite regularly. After every episode the neck pain is just worse. I have little contact with the outside world now and my head and neck hurt to a point where I would just prefer death. What could possibly be wrong? I eat healthy. I manage to do ateast a little bit of excercise everyday. I am only 19. Please help.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You mentioned your sleep paralysis.
    And that you only receive, from doctors, pain pills and that you take meds for sleep.
    Are the sleeping pills over the counter? Or are they prescribed?

    I was curious if you had any testing? Testing for the heaviness that you feel with your head, and the need for frequent resting of your neck due to your neck pain?
    Testing to find source or cause if symptoms, with a specialist?
    My pain management/neurologist did many tests.

    Have you had a sleep study for the sleep paralysis?
    Does doctor think it related to you feeling so tired and your sleepiness during the day?

    I do not have sleep paralysis, but had severe sleeplessness...days without sleep.
    My pain management doctor did sleep study and he was able to medicate me to where sleep is much better.

    Having sleep disturbances, and or not going through proper stages of sleep, can effect and cause pain and other symptoms to feel magnified. I was so wide eyed, or wild eyed and irritable and unable to focus.

    Do you have pain management doctor? Or is your primary doctor prescribing the pain medication?

    Having pain management doctor in my life has been best thing for me. He was aware of many other tests to be done, for my chronic pain and accompanying symptoms.

    You seem to mention depression along with you pain. And though it is not uncommon for depression to accompany chronic pain, it's not to be taken as normal.
    Hopefully, you are including your feelings when you tell doctor about your other symptoms.

    Some medications for pain relief are helpful in treating depression, also. It's effective for some people and for management of symptoms can be a little trial and try again until correct adjustment.

    I suffer from depression and I sought out psychiatrist and he was tremendous help!
    Some are specialized with depression with the chronic pain.
    Mentally and emotionally I have never felt better than I do now and I still see him every three months for med management.

    Do not give up hope. There can be help, some relief, just right around the corner!

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