(Closed) I’ve got to get red of this neck ache. Help!?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Advil and a heating pad (the plug in or microwave kind)

Post # 5
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

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
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Go to a registered massage therapist!

They can work wonders on the soft tissue!

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