Could this be progress?

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Could this be progress?

Postby rebecca1 » Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:19 pm

So far so good with the exercises in the neck book. I have been doing them for about a week and a half and think that I am starting to feel progress. However, I am a born pessimist so I do not want to get my hopes up too much! However, there have been times during the day when I have been pain free. I haven't had times like that in almost 8 months. I amencouraged to keep with the routine. I still have a lot of opain and stiffness at work. Anesthesia involves a lot of bending and pushing. Is it reasonable to hope that I can be pain free at work?

I have a C5-6 bulge, but most of my pian is in my upperback and shoulders should I just do the upperback ec=xercises or should I do both?

Postby Erika » Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:48 pm

Hi Rebecca,

Definately do the exercises for BOTH the upper back and neck.

Glad to hear you're making progress. I can't help but wonder if you wouldn't be progressing faster if you didn't have to keep doing the bending and pushing at work. I know that's not always possible, but it might be a good time to take a few days off. Just a suggestion.

I have no doubt that you will soon be pain free. Just think positive and keep doing the exercises. It worked for me and I'm sure it will work for you.

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Postby Bill » Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:28 pm

Hi Rebecca,

I think what you're seeing is progress and I agree with Erika, a period of rest away from the movements that are causing you pain might make a big difference. You may have to try and be creative and come up with a way to do your job that didn't aggravate your neck. (I know that's easier said than done.)

Also, keep in mind that nerves take longer to heal than say muscles or ligaments. The exercises can't heal anything, your body is going to do that. All the exercises can do is help take the pressure off of the irritated nerve. Once the pressure is relieved, then the nerve can start to heal.

Which goes back to why work could be impeding your progress. Anything that causes you to irritate the nerve is going to cause the "symptoms" to flair up. It's a Catch-22.

It can be frustrating, but hang in there. You'll make it.
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