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Didn't use to have neck pain, pillow causing it?

Felpz123FFelpz123 Posts: 1
edited 08/25/2015 - 9:29 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
My joints seem to ache easily. Whenever i had my head slightly turned for any period of time even as a child i would get neck pain for at least 12 hours. Nowadays my ankles hurt on a daily basis, and so does my neck, specifically back right. I thought the pillow i was using was the issue, so i went through 5 different ones before i found one that worked ok. I still wake up with neck pain, more severe if i sleep on my back. I want to fix this before my pillow possibly causes me lifelong pain. Any idea on what to do?

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  • Hello, do you know the cause of your neck pain? When I was first told that I have three bulging discs, the doctor advised me to not use a pillow at all. I did this for some time as I can only sleep on my back, but then I would wake up feeling like I was choking. Not sure if it is because your tongue sits further back in your throught when you are completley flat? But after too many episodes of flying up out of bed like the exorcist, I bought a really low pillow and that seemed better. I did try a neck roll as my cervical spine has straightened and this pillow was sold to me by a chiropractor, but the pressure on my neck was unbearable.
    I think it is really tricky to find the right pillow, as those who sleep on their sides need more support, but when turning onto your back a high pillow can cause neck problems. My husband has the smae problem, he tosses and turns in his sleep and has never quite found the right pillow, even though he has tried lots.
    I seem to have trained myself to never turn over in bed, I just know it would leave me in a terrible muscle spasm.
    Have you had investigations into why you have such neck pain? If not, I would advise you to get an MRI of your cervical spine.
    Sorry I can't advise on the pillow, it is such a tricky one.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 08/25/2015 - 10:17 PM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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