Post # 1
So, in the past month, maybe a little over, I have woken up pretty much every single day with a sore neck (that lasts ALL day) and a headache bc of my neck.
I have changed the way I lay, my pillow, I used to put my hair in a high ponytail bun when I sleep bc I have really long hair… So I stopped doing that.
I dont know what else to try! Anyone have any advice? 🙂
MUCH MUCH appreciated!
Post # 3
I would see a doctor. Neck pain is not something I’d mess around with- hope you feel better!
Post # 4
Thank you!! I have considered a doctor, Fiance just thinks im tense. lol
Post # 5
I mean you could try getting a massage or something, but it seems to have persisted a lot longer than you would expect. I have a bulging cervical disc and it does sometimes spasm and cause me a few days to a week of pain and limited motion, but never for a month at a time. And headaches are the worst! I’d be a Miss Cranky Pants for sure 🙁
Post # 6
A chiropractor works for me!
Post # 7
Chiropracter wouldn’t be a bad idea. You could have screwed up your back and it’s in turn causing your neck pain. Either way, you need a professional opinion. I’ve had a horrible back since I was 14 and last year my chiropracter said I have a hyper mobile spine due to underdeveloped neck muscles (which is weird cause I can do an amazing number of pushups). I get frequent neck/back pains and headaches and I’m essentially on a one a day excedrin. 🙂
But a chiropracter isn’t terribly expensive and they’d be able to tell you REALLY fast if there is simply something out of alignment. I had gone to my doctor originally and I was referred out.
Sorry you aren’t feeling well. Hope you figure things out!
Post # 8
I used to see a chiropractor pretty regularly. I had 2 serving and bartending jobs and i worked about 80 hours a week. and my back was MESSED UP!!! He helped me A LOT and with the plan I was on, i got two 1 hour massages a week. I WAS IN TIP TOP SHAPE!!
Im thinking of looking into that guy again. But i think my policy has changed since then, and it will be too expensive for my luxery now. 🙁 lol
Post # 9
Do you have any other symptoms, such as a fever (especially a fever)? Since your pain lasts all day, I would also think about your posture when you’re awake– the way you sit, walk, stand, etc. Perhaps your awake habits are manifesting themselves when you sleep? I would also keep trying different pillows/positions at night. Also, if you have large breasts or carry a fair amount of extra weight, it could be from that (and if it’s applicable, you could try changing bras to help alleviate some of the tension). Does heat or cold help or worsen the pain/stiffness? Do pain killers help? I would suggest ibuprofen over tylenol or aspirin (if you don’t have an allergy to it) because it gives pain relief and it’s anti inflammatory. You could try icy/hot or bengay to relax some of the muscle soreness. You might also be grinding your teeth at night, a mouth guard and/or relaxation techniques could help that. Since the pain has been going on for a month, certainly a visit to your PCP is important. But also coming with a pain journal: tried this, pain worsened, pain improved to help give them some concrete details and so they don’t send you home with suggestions that you’ve already tried. Headaches and muscle soreness suck! I hope you find some relief and it’s a minor problem rather than a large one! Oh, something else to think about: what happened right before it started– car accident, major project at home, recieved bad news, changed jobs, major life event, etc. Meaning, why did this start to begin with? If you can find that connection, you might find the source of your problem– emotional, physical, or both.
Post # 10
I second the recommendation to see a chiropractor. I’ve been seeing one for headaches and back pain and it’s been really helpful. If you find a good one, they won’t just adjust your back but will give you reocmmendations of stretches to do to help your problems, ways to improve your posture or sleeping position, etc. They really know how everything is connected and how neck or back pain can effect all sorts of other parts of your body.
Post # 11
@longdistanceco_ca Thank you VERY much!! Yes, I have been keeping a journal. And heat does seem to help a bit, but not always. There has been a lot going on, on the “emotional” side. Not so much the physical side. I actually went to the neurologist last week i believe it was, and he gave me a pill to help the headaches, they arent working that great. And he told me to stop taking over the counter stuff, which means I cant take it for other pains in my body. 🙁
I think since the general gist of everyone on here… the doctor is my first step!! 🙂
Post # 12
It sounds like tension headaches. Do you have a desk job? Tension headaches are really common. If you’re stressed out, that’ll make them more likely. Grinding your teeth can contribute to this. if you spend a lot of time at a desk, especially hunched over or staring at a computer, that’s a big trigger. With something like that, take breaks to walk around and stretch.
I’ve had periods of chronic tension headaches – sometimes for a month straight. It’s exactly as you describe, neck pain and headache always together. The best thing I’ve found is exercise, especially yoga. I use yoga dvds. Sarah Ivanhoe has some great dvds. Ana Brett and Ravi Singh have a yoga dvd called Kundalini Yoga for beginners and beyond that has a spinal series that I can always depend on to loosen up my neck and spine. It’s a bit new agey but works all the right muscles. Lifestyle changes may take a few days to cause an effect if your neck’s been messed up for a while. An instant rememdy that helps the symptoms but not the cause is a hot shower to relax the neck muscles.
Post # 13
Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? Those are both symptoms of nocturnal teeth grinding. If you don’t know if you grind them, maybe pick up one of the grinding guards at the drugstore and try wearing it for a few nights to see if it helps any.
I’d also say check with your doctor to be certain nothing else is going on.
Post # 14
I have this problem sometimes too. If you sit in an office chair at the computer all day long, consider getting an ergonomical consult–a new, really good chair made a HUGE difference for me and now I rarely get tension headaches. I had some really bad neck pain since though (I spend more time reading physical books than on the comp/in my awesome chair) need to start getting regular massages or seeing a chiropracter. Stretching helps too.
Post # 15
@MeganTacky2247: Why did s/he tell you to stop taking over the counter stuff? Is it a med interaction or do you have a stomach/liver/kidney issue? That just seems like a strange, blanket statement. Also, some meds take a while to build up in your system before they give relief– especially if s/he gave you an anti-depressant that has pain alleviating qualities.
Regardless you’re on the right track– seeing a neuro, trying a new med, keeping a journal, etc. Keep it up. You could also play with your diet a bit and see if that helps. Up your water, watch your sugar, and I’d cut out caffiene unless you find an immediate and direct correlation to caffiene and headache relief (which is one of the major benefits of excedrin, but can also be acheived through dietary caffiene). Good luck!