Post # 1
My neck is killing me. I know that is was for sure the way I slept but nothing is getting rid of it and tonight I’m going out.
I’ve taken a hot shower
I’ve put icey hot on
I’ve rubbed it
and I even turned my head in the direction it hurts to try to loosen it up
But I feel like my head is in a cast, and weighed down.
Post # 3
OH MY GOSH, this so happens to me too! It’s the pits! Every once in awhile I wake up and my neck is locked up in one direction like that.
Unfortunately for me it sometimes takes up to 3 days to fully recover. I take ibuprofen every 4 hours on the dot and keep stretching it all day. If you’re really going nuts, you could go to the doctor – maybe a shot of cortisone or a muscle relaxant or something would do the trick? Otherwise, it usually improves at least somewhat when you go back to sleep and wake up the next day.
A chiropractor might also be able to help if you’re seriously willing to try anything!
Post # 4
Advil and a heating pad (the plug in or microwave kind)
Post # 5
Ditto nonimouse. The heating pad will be more effective than a hot shower and advil or motrin will help manage the pain and discomfort.
Post # 6
I broke my neck when I was 8 years old. I had to wear a “halo” brace for a year. I am plagued with neck muscle spasms every day of my life. However, it could have been worse – I missed severing my spinal cord by 1/4 inch!
I try to take ibuprofen as soon as I feel the first twitch. That usually heads it off from becoming severe. These spasms are sometimes worse than a migraine – I get nauseous, my vision blurs and I literally can not even hold my head up. The best advice I ever got was from my chiropractor. If it feels like you have two ping pong balls at the base of the skull – you need an ice pack. One of those rice-stuffed bags will do nicely. If it is more muscle-based (mid-neck and shoulders), warm moist heat. The accupressure points around the neck and shoulder area are fairly easy to locate. These are rubbed with a good bit of pressure in a cuircular motion, usually the thumb is used. When it’s really bad, I call my chiropractor. I have already had him treat me on Sundays when his office is closed.Sometimes on treatment will do it, but I have had episodes where I had to turn right around and have him adjust me again. But he knows how to get rid of them.
Good luck, I KNOW how much it can hurt!
Post # 7
Are you in a big city? Check your local malls/yellow pages for Chinese massage places – they seem kind of shady, but those guys really know what they’re doing!!!
Post # 8
i had a neck muscle spasm a few weeks ago and had to go to a Med Express place. The MD there gave me 800mg Motrin to take with a Rx muscle relaxant. He also told me to use moist heat (heating pad over a damp washcloth, for example). The drugs worked like a charm, but put me to sleep at 7:30pm!
Post # 9
Go to a registered massage therapist!
They can work wonders on the soft tissue!