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Neck pain has returned

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:20 pm
by DonnaS
I have been suffereing from neck pain for a couple of years now. I will get a sharp pain in the left side of my neck and I am guessing it is a muscle spasm. This will usually lead to headaches and pain and numbness down my arms. After months of taking muscle relaxers I finally went to a physical therapist. My pain disappeared for about 3 months, but now it is back again.

My therapist had me doing neck exercises. Is this something I am going to have to continue to do for the rest of my life. I am only 37 and have two little kids and this is interferring with my quality of life. Any advice?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:39 pm
by Jeanette
DonnaS writes:
My therapist had me doing neck exercises. Is this something I am going to have to continue to do for the rest of my life. I am only 37 and have two little kids and this is interferring with my quality of life. Any advice?


Hi Donna -- Long before I knew about back pain and, most recently, sciatica, neck pain was my nemesis, and with a young child at the time this all started, I wasn't prepared to let pain meds and muscle relaxants that the doctors recommended become more than a temporary expedient. Consequently, the neck exercises -- and, eventually, back exercises -- did become part of my life.

But, once they'd done their work and the pain went away, I found I could get away with a less intensive schedule. That wouldn't have been so bad, except, unfortunately, all too often the less intensive schedule became no schedule. Then the pain would return to remind me that the conditions could and would return.

So, if my own experience is any indication, the wise choice is to incorporate the therapeutic exercises into your routine and then establish a regular routine of exercise of some sort that includes a back strengthening and alignment program like the one Dean recommends.

Twenty years later, you'll be glad to did :D

Good luck.

Jeanette
As my husband says: "If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of my body." :wink:

pain

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:21 pm
by payne584
Hiya,
I am 34 ,when i was 14 i damaged my neck and back doing gymnastics.After the accident i made what i thought a ful recovery.Most of my youger life was ok i had a few aches and pains but just got on with things.Now i am 34,my neck is worse than ever.Chioropractors are great just sadly for me too expensive,if i could afford it then i would still see one.I have visited other various people who claim to help but infact they caust more damage.I saw an osteopath. Now i have 4 children i am currently suffering with my back and neck,finally now i have realised that this is my life.I miss out on playing with my children.I am very fit and always have been,but my back has not helped infact it is getting worse.To this day i am worried that i will not be able to play with my children soon.Pain killers from my doctor do not work and i am not going to spend the rest of my life seeing a physiotherapist who does nothing.Now i take each dy as it comes,if i can play then great if i can't then my children know and we are acceptable of the situation.
Good luck and be positive
Denise