Stories of success

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Stories of success

Postby Rebecca » Tue Aug 09, 2005 6:43 pm

Hi
I am fairly new to this site. I have a C5-6 bulging disc with pretty much constant stiffness and pain in my shoulders. My reason for this message is to elicit stories of success from other users. I work in health care. I hear so much about people's chronic pain problems-both patients and collegues that I have become quite depressed and hopeless about the situation. It has really affected my quality of life. Some inspiration would be helpful.
Also, in the past few months, since starting a yoga program I have noticed that I can feel and hear popping and snapping of the fascia and tendons in my back. Has anyone else had this experience?
Finally-how long can I expect it to take to see results from doing the exercises in rebuild your neck? Months? weeks? Thanks-Rebecca
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Postby Dana » Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:20 pm

Hi Rebecca,

Welcome to the group. Those popping and snapping noises you hear are totally normal. Everybody hears them. They are nothing more than the sound of tendons for example rubbing over a bone. Nothing to worry about.

I wish I could tell you how long before you start to see progress with your neck, but it's really hard to say. The neck is a little more stubborn than the lower back and sometimes it can take a while. Just go slow and give yourself time to heal.

Dana
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Re: Stories of success

Postby Tina » Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:57 pm

I am wondering if you have had any success with the neck exercises from the book. I am experiencing the same pain and I am wondering if this book is the answer.


quote="Rebecca"]Hi
I am fairly new to this site. I have a C5-6 bulging disc with pretty much constant stiffness and pain in my shoulders. My reason for this message is to elicit stories of success from other users. I work in health care. I hear so much about people's chronic pain problems-both patients and collegues that I have become quite depressed and hopeless about the situation. It has really affected my quality of life. Some inspiration would be helpful.
Also, in the past few months, since starting a yoga program I have noticed that I can feel and hear popping and snapping of the fascia and tendons in my back. Has anyone else had this experience?
Finally-how long can I expect it to take to see results from doing the exercises in rebuild your neck? Months? weeks? Thanks-Rebecca[/quote]
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Postby Paula » Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:54 pm

Hi everybody,

This is my first post to the group so bear with me if I mess it up.

I'm no expert, but I don't think it will take months before you start to feel better, providing that the pain is in fact caused by a mechanical problem in your neck or upper back. It may take that long to totally rebuild your neck, but you should feel better sooner than that. (It took me about a week for the pain to go away.)

Another thing to keep in mind (and it may or may not have anything to do with your situation, I'm just throwing it out there in case it helps someone.) is that sometimes daily stress and emotions can build up and that too can cause neck and shoulder pain. Reason I mention it is that it sounds like your job is coming home with you at night and that on top of concern over your own pain is probably not helping matters.

Here's something I did. Get yourself a small box (decorate it however you like) and fill it with small pebbles or stones and take it to work with you. Let those pebbles or stones represent other people's troubles or other work related "junk" that is weighing you down. Get it out and put it on your desk (or whatever) during the day and when something comes along that you really don't need just mentally "drop it in the box" and let go of it.

At the end of the day, just put the box away in a drawer and leave it at work. Then at night if you start to think about something from work just remind yourself that you left that box of rocks at work and forget about it. Believe me it helps to have a real box to keep all that "junk" in.

Point is; focus on the positive. Take comfort in the fact that you're doing the right things to take care of yourself and feel good about the fact that you're making progress even if you can't see the results. You're doing yoga, you're strengthening and restoring your neck and shoulders, hopefully you're taking other steps to just be good to you.

You'll get there.

Paula
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Postby Erika » Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:44 pm

Hi Paula,

I like your "box of rocks" idea. Might have to try that.

Erika
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Postby Eileen Albaugh » Fri Aug 12, 2005 1:13 pm

Hi Rebecca,

I was also diagnosed with a couple of bad disks in my neck which I thought would never get better. But I stuck with the exercises because I'd also had back pain and it cleared up in just a couple of days doing the back exercises so I figured the neck exercises had to work eventually. Which they did after about a month. Just be patient like Dana said and the pain will go away.

Hope you get to feeling better,
Eileen
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