Neck pain, please help :(
November 12, 2011 8:33 PM Subscribe
This is getting ridiculous. All I want is relief and a normal neck/upper back again . Brace yourselves for a long story and my thanks in advance for any help :(
posted by isoman2kx to health & fitness (33 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Roughly last summer, I started popping my neck as a nervous habit/tic. It started out with a pretty casual rate of popping and then became hundreds of times a day for like a year or so. It's slowed down to maybe 100 times or so a day (as stress and tension mount with school, life, etc), but the short of it is my neck muscles are so tense/overtaxed ALL THE TIME that it's affecting everything I do.
It's not so much pain, but a really deep/constant ache and strained feeling around my lower neck (and naturally affecting my upper back). I don't know what to do at this point, there's so much more I could type out... but suffice to say it's ruining my life and it'll take me 50 years to finish college at this rate (that I'm dropping classes and struggling in others because of the pain/aches).
I got some nerve blocking shots in my neck as a short-term fix while I worked with a cognitive behavioral therapist to change the way I react to stress (which is popping my neck these days). This was over the course of 3-4 weeks about 3 months ago and that's helped most of the pain part of the equation it, but now it's just my muscles having no longevity or durability whatsoever around the neck area. Lately I've been going on 30-40 minute walks in the mornings and even a simple activity like that is causing me to feel really sore/tender/achy for the rest of the day. It's a walk for Christ sakes, I'm not running a god damn marathon.
I've bought a neck-traction (over the door edition) device, acupressure neck pillow and mat, as well as a shiatsu neck massager and none of it helps for very long. The biggest thing would be if I could stop popping my neck as a reaction to stress, then maybe the muscles would heal up and not be overstretched. Yet, when I stop popping it for a few hours, there's no reward/benefit from stopping. My neck continues to hurt and so I just go back to popping it again thinking well **** it, it's not doing me any good to stop popping my neck.
I'm not sure what I'm looking for as a result of starting this thread. Perhaps a really good doctor or some sort of therapy/medical center where they have every conceivable machine and technological innovation to help treat and diagnose what's going on in my neck/upper back as a result of a year + worth of neck popping. I'm 25 and I hate this.
have not tried:
- "pain management" doctor (see: drug dealer with a prescription pad)
- an ax to the neck
- dropping out of college altogether and becoming a vegetable.
- acupressure neck pillow, body mat
- neckpro traction device (over the door)
- lots of anti-inflammatory drugs
- nerve-blocking shots
- physical therapy (like a year ago... for 2 months... didn't help much at the time)
- cervical spine MRI and x-ray (neck included) - both of which came back "normal".
Anyone that has suffered with neck pain or is currently suffering, if you have any advice or know someone/something that's really helping you right now, please let me know what it is.
I don't know what else to do. This is ruining my life