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Endless Neck & Shoulder pain

sarahfvoszssarahfvosz Posts: 1
edited 10/10/2015 - 3:19 PM in Chronic Pain
I'm hoping I can get some advice here..

I'm 29 years old, and a little over a year ago, out of the blue I started experiencing back pain. I just had tight muscles and knots all over. I saw a chiropractor who said it was caused by bad posture. But why would it just start bothering me now?

So for the last 8 months, here's what I've been doing:
-Working on my posture (I use a device called the Lumo Lift that vibrates when I'm slouching)
-Going for 30 minute walks twice a day
-Doing an hour of yoga and stretching every day
-Using a cervical pillow at night
-Lying on a racquetball on my trigger points 3X a day
-Having my husband give me a shoulder/neck rub every 2 days or so
-Trying to limit myself to an hour a day on the computer (I'm a teacher)
-Raising my computer screen above eye level (although my keyboard is still high (chest level)
-Lying on a heating pad for an hour before bed
-Taking a hot bath every week

All this doesn't seem to help at all. If I'm not taking ibuprofin on a daily basis. It just gets worse every day until it's unbearable, and then I revert back to using the ibuprofin for a few weeks. I feel like it may even be getting worse. My shoulders now "crack" several times when I roll them, which they didn't used to do, and I wake up incredibly stiff every morning.

I have not been seeing the chiropractor, because all he was doing was putting pressure on my trigger points, which I can do at home. I didn't think it was worth $25 copay every time I went.

My BIGGEST concern is that I am hoping to get the green light to get pregnant soon. Right now that sounds like it could be a completely awful situation, with the extra weight/strain AND not being able to take painkillers.

If you have ANY advice at all, please, I'd LOVE to hear it!

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  • It sounds similar to what I have, although I am many years older than you. I suddenly out of the blue started having shoulder, upper back and neck pain... lots of cracking and creaking also.. Stiffness, weakness in my arms and biceps. I went and had both a shoulder MRI and a cervical neck MRI... narrowing of c-6and C-7... also a tear in my rotator cuffs... hard to say which is causing the pain... it could be like a symphony of both of them. I decided NOT to have fusion surgery or rotator cuff surgery at this time and just deal with it.
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