February 26, 2012 10:40 AM Subscribe
neck pain/popping advice needed
posted by isoman2kx to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For those new to my story (or if you're a returning viewer, welcome back), I posted this thread roughly 3 months ago.
Fast forward to 2-26-12, and I'm still in the same boat... but I'm looking for proper direction as to who can help me along in eradicating/greatly reducing my bad neck popping habit.
What's changed since the last thread? I'm now in school once again and taking a lighter load of 3 classes. I have a true part-time job working at Kroger's and do some computer work on the side. All of that sounds like good progress and it is, but I'm still barely surviving with all of that on my plate.
The Kroger's job is nice (Dairy Dept) in terms of not being broke constantly (which was just a complete bummer and I felt shitty a lot of the time), but it's very physically grueling. The physically grueling part is a lot of the reason I'm posting today for advice. The job is a high-stress one (for me) and as a result I'm popping my neck even more than 3 months ago. This combined with my usual bad neck popping on my off-days and school has me thinking it's not too long before I'm popping more than my prescription anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants can handle (I'm not a big fan of being on them, but I have no choice right now). I worry a lot about that day because when that day hits, if I don't start doing stuff to help me stop popping my neck, it's going to be a world of trouble for me. I'm 25 going on 26, but it feels like I'm 35 sometimes.
A lot of good advice was given in the last thread. I took some of you up on it. I briefly went and saw a RMT (massage therapist) per empatterson and a few others suggestions. He was expensive and not covered by insurance at first. It was $120 a pop (no pun intended, lol) and I stopped seeing him after 1 visit. That and he didn't exactly reply to my emails/inquiries on time, so I became disenchanted with him and gave up on that front.
New things I've tried include seeing a pain management doctor, who gave me some nerve-blocking shots at the time and a prescription for Skelaxin 800 mg (to take twice a day). I take it w/ my anti-inflammatory Cataflam 50 mg, which is also twice a day. He more or less said I was on one of the best anti-inflammatories already (Cataflam) and checked me out physically and said nothing appeared to be out of whack in terms of response times, neurological reaction times, etc. So I kinda was disappointed with him and I have an appointment with him in like a month or so, but I guess I've reached my limit with him.
The point of all of the above was to get to where I wanted to go in this post and that is I really do think that my neck and back muscles have been so ****ed out of proportion by my excessive daily popping, that probably more than one muscle system is out of balance back there. A BIG part of why I pop my neck so much now is to provide relief (even if it's for a few seconds) and as a reaction now to my muscles that just aren't holding up very well to working 25+ hours a week and doing everything else like school and homework. I realize, that in the end, the main problem does lie with me...but I'd really really like some help along the way. I could fly the best doctors in the world in to my house and it would still lie with me for at least 50% or more of the legwork.
Who would I go see to work on re-conditioning or balancing out my muscle groups again? I know some of you mentioned that last time, but I don't really know who to go to or who can help me. I'm at the end of my rope medicinally (without just sedating me to the point where I can't move, and certainly won't pop if I'm sedated like an elephant) and feel like my only option is with alternative doctors or non-medicinal prescribing doctors.
Thanks for reading all of that and I really really appreciate any advice in advance,