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Pls help me murder a REAL pain in the neck...

Discussion in 'The Coffee House' started by ZasuArt, Dec 20, 2011.

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  1. ZasuArt

    ZasuArt Well-Known Member

    lol... Now that I've got your attention...

    Hi Friends :)

    I managed to wake up today with the most excruciating stiff neck I've ever had. I have a very high threshold for physical pain, and I'm used to periodic stiff necks, but if I breathe funny, this shit feels like a hot knife stabbing into the vertebre in my neck.

    Does anyone have advice for quick relief? I tried heat, Tylenol and Tiger Balm with very little relief, I'm now propped up with ice packs, which helps only until the ice pack thaws, or I need to move, then it's just the same. I have a 75lb partially paralyzed elderly mutt child who needs me to be able to move him, so I need to figure this out fast.

    Thanks much!!!! :grouphug:

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    PS: I know... I know... I need to get my ass off of the computer. Right now I have everything including my laptop propped up so that I can keep my neck in the right position, but I probably will be limiting my computer time somewhat. Thanks!
  2. BeautifullyChaotic

    BeautifullyChaotic Well-Known Member

    First just let me say... YOU ASS! haha.

    If you can get to the store, try some icy hot or aspricream. Those should help, also, no matter how badly it hurts to do so, force your neck to rotate by rolling your head a few times every few minuets, it helps to do this under warm water, so lay in a bath as hot as you can handle it and stretch your neck as far as you can to the left and right.

    I have this problem too all the time because I have a crappy mattress and crappy pillows - best of luck to you sir.
  3. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    i would strongly reccomend decapitation as this will take the weight off your neck and relieve tension:) your welcome xx
  4. BeautifullyChaotic

    BeautifullyChaotic Well-Known Member

    ^^^ This guy haha ^^^
  5. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    Also make sure you have an orthopedic specialist take a look...ignoring problems today can be real devastation tomorrow...I am living proof of that...hope the pain in your neck has resolved...it sounds awful
  6. ZasuArt

    ZasuArt Well-Known Member

    lol, BC... Every once in a while, my evil streak rears her ugly head! :evil: Thanks for the advice! I've been using Honey's Tiger Balm (which I imagine smells a bit like the ass of an elderly space alien), and it's not doing it. I think we have some Icy Hot, though, so I'll try that. And I just tried to roll my head, and if the Dalai Lama were here to offer moral support, I would have involuntarily punched him in his zen face. But I definitely will continue to try it (I do see a hot bath in my future)! :hug:

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    HA!!! Excellent advice, thanks! Now where did I put that darn guillotine? :hug:

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    Thanks, Sadeyes! :hug: Yeah... that's what Honey keeps saying. She's had multiple spinal fusions and walks with a cane. If I manage to survive the next couple of weeks, I will finally have health insurance in January, so I'll be seeing someone then. Thanks again! :hug:
  7. Belladonna

    Belladonna Well-Known Member

    The fastest way I've found to relieve joint and muscle pain is a good chiropracter. I find it hard to massage balms when I'm already in pain. Have you tried lying on the floor with a rolled towel under your neck? I'm so impressed with how cheery you are despite being in pain. You are seriously tough!
  8. MoAnamCara

    MoAnamCara SF Artist

    Zasu - I'm sorry

    I agree with many suggestions here - definitely go and get it looked at once your insurance kicks in. I would not recommend seeing a chiropractor unless he can do x-rays first. I visited a chiropractor regularly but once a neurosurgeon saw my neck via xray and mri he asked me to avoid seeing the other until after the surgery as it could have caused more harm than good. I do believe in chiropractors though.

    For me, icy hot helps a lot. Additionally I rotate between hot & cold presses, but each no longer than 15 minutes. Cold I found has helped me more than hot. Finally I find lying on the ground with my legs up on a chair (bent at the knees) helps. Don't ask me how I found this a comfortable position!!! Or just lying on the ground helps me too.

    I hope you get some relief soon, perhaps some stronger pain meds in the meantime also?

    Hugs, feel better.
  9. ZasuArt

    ZasuArt Well-Known Member

    Thanks Bella! As broke as we are right now, I am seriously considering calling a chiropracter today. The pain is even worse this morning, and I have to be able to function. And I will definitey try the floor/rolled towel thing! Right now I'm icing it within an inch of it's life, and that seems to at least numb the pain a bit. Thanks again!!! :hug:

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    Thanks, Mo! Honey used to see a really great chiropractor in the area who I believe does x-rays. Maybe he will give me a payment plan for the bill. I'm really frustrated because of the level of pain and swelling, I'm thinking that this is more than a simple stiff neck. And I'm scrounging every penny trying to save our home, and using every bit of physical energy trying to take care of Butchie and all of the things that Honey can't do because of her own pain. Now, THIS expensive and debilitating problem! I'm used to dealing with medical problems without a doctor, but I'm afraid that this is not going to get better until I do. I don't know... maybe I will just try to grin and bear it until my insurance kicks in January 1st. Sorry to rant! Thanks again, Sweetie. :hug:
  10. jimk

    jimk Staff Alumni

    (((Zasu))) not a clue what to help you atm but if i could take your pain upon myself for a bit for you would willingly do so.. hope you get some help and relief from this soon.. you are a truly wonderful person.. even still keep your sense of humor in the thralls of excruciating pain..
  11. ZasuArt

    ZasuArt Well-Known Member

    Awww... thanks so much, Jim! :hug: I really do try! Laying here on ice packs is helping quite a bit, but if it doesn't start getting better when the ice packs are off, I'll probably give in and go to the ER. I really don't think it's anything earth shattering, but I don't want it to continue to get worse, and leave me unable to take care of what is expected of me. Have a great day, Sweetie. :hug:
  12. ZasuArt

    ZasuArt Well-Known Member

    Thanks again, Friends!

    My neck is feeling so much better today, and I didn't end up in the ER or chiroprators office. It's still sore, but the swelling has gone down quite a bit, and I'm (knock wood) not getting nearly as many of those stabbing, spasm like pains. This is such a relief, as my worry list is already off the charts. If I can survive the holidays, I think I can wait until my insurance kicks in 1/1 to see a doctor about this.

    Have I told all of you how awesome you are lately?

    No? Well you are... and I appreciate you all so much!


    PS: Long story, but it looks like I'll be getting almost no time to myself today. So I'll be logging off for the day pretty soon. Hope you all have a happy, peaceful day!
  13. Speedy

    Speedy Staff Alumni

    Dear Friend,

    Gentle hugs your way... ((Hugs)) I'm glad you did not have to see a doctor about this but will be able to make a visit next month. Feel better soon!! :]

  14. jimk

    jimk Staff Alumni

    ((Zasu)) so very glad that you have gotten some relief now.. hope this continues for you..
  15. ZasuArt

    ZasuArt Well-Known Member

    (( (( (( Jim & Alex)) )) )) :)
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