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New member with neck problems

Around Oct 2012 I felt a ache in my neck while I was doing some work which involed me looking down with my head sitting down. After this happened I was in pain any time I would do anything that involves looking down with my head, eating, reading etc. But also any-time I would sit up straight in a chair I would feel uncomfortably after about 1 Min.

So when this happened I did the usual things putting ice/cold on my neck and going for long walks as often as I could. I saw the Pyhsio in December and she said my neck was hurting because I was not flexible enough and the muscles where too weak. So she gave me some stretches to do and told me to start swimming. So now I have been swimming for 2-3 months but my pain is getting worse and worse as the weeks go by, I have tried to do different strokes and cut down on how much I do swimming incise it is aggravating my condition. I am going to start doing something in the gym instead but I cannot see it being better than swimming for my neck.

But the past few weeks I have been in agony most the day sometimes the pain is so bad I feel like crying, its been 5 months and I cannot even sit in any position without being in agony or look down with my head. I am thinking of going back to see the Pyhsio and request to get a MRI because it should not be getting worse as time goes by should it?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated or if anyone has had similar symptoms

thanks :)


  • davrunnerddavrunner Posts: 586
    edited 03/05/2013 - 10:53 AM
    It's hard to give you concrete advice not knowing what you have done in the past, who you have seen or what country you are in as steps are different.
    I would think you shouldn't do any more exercises until you get a diagnosis. If you do something that causes an increase in pain, stop doing it, you neck is trying to tell you there is something wrong.
    Did the physio take x-rays or just felt your neck and told you the muscles were stiff?
    I have similar symptoms with sitting and looking down. I will eventually need a 3-level fusion, hoping to put it off for a few more years using traction at night.
    Please let us know what you decide to do and what they find.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • The physio did no xray just felt my back and hands, I have seen her twice but both times just said keep doing excerises or you wont get better even though I was getting worse and worse pain. I am only 22 so I have not done much of anything yet aside from college and Uni. The problem came from sitting in anckward positions for too long I think I had no accidents or anything like that. I am from the UK
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  • I can see why the Physio might think it's just tight muscles and hopefully that is what the problem is. There are incidents where a simple sneeze will cause discs to protrude, bulge or rupture.
    Hard to believe you just got a stiff neck and it continues months later... Have you tried massage? One thing that has worked for me in the past on tight muscles is ultra-sound heat treatment and massages.
    Hope you get an answer soon.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
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