Learn from patients with pain similar to yours

CatchMyPain Community and Pain Diary App to manage chronic illness

My Neck Hurts So Bad

Mar 18, 2016 3:32 AM

My neck is killing me. I have had a few accidents when I was younger. But in the past couple of years, it has hurt me so bad that I have bought a few neck collars. I just feel like I need help holding my neck up. I feel like the muscles in my neck are failing. I have to sleep in a recliner because my arms can't handle sleeping in a bed because of extreme pain. An 8. I have been wondering if my arm pain is because of my neck. It doesn't get real bad but once or twice a month. When that happens, it hurts to much for me to hold my neck up without something. And usually they don't work good enough. So I bought a neck pillow. You know the ones shaped like a horseshoe. I just sit drown all day with that. Any ideas anyone?

Mar 18, 2016 10:36 PM

My elbow pain, initially thought to be coming from, well, my elbow, is only in part coming from there. Most of it is coming from my neck, according to my physiotherapist. I've been doing neck exercises that are working on tiny muscles deep in the neck. I also get neck traction done. I get some relief, albeit temporary, from the traction. And the exercises will eventually lead to my holding my neck correctly which will lessen the pressure on the ulnar nerves, I've been told.

Have you had ascan done on your neck to see if there are any issues?

Mar 19, 2016 12:54 AM

No, I haven't. I called the doctor today about it. I even told them it was hard to hold my neck up. I told them it wasn't a new problem though and they can't get me in til April 4th

Mar 19, 2016 6:18 AM

Ouch, that's a bit of a wait for you. My neck can be a nightmare but it's not all the time. I find the deep freeze patches help me. Not used and pillows on it etc as I'm not sure it'll take the pressure. If I where a chunky cardigan or coat the weight and pressure on my neck causes pain. I've never had it checked but I guess I probably should.
I do hope yours is feeling better today.

Mar 19, 2016 7:17 AM

Profiler, it could very well be caused by your neck. I'm trying to remember what exercise it was that they had Rick do to strengthen his neck muscles. If I remember correctly they had him hold his chin with his hand to give resistance and try to push his hand with his head? If that makes sense? Maybe you can even look up some exercises for strengthening the neck muscles. Good luck!

Mar 19, 2016 12:35 PM

Profiler, having severe cervical issues myself, one of the only things I could suggest for you would be to try and position your TENS Unit in such a way that it relieves some of your pain. If that does not work, perhaps heat to loosen the spasms. They make the horseshoe pillows with heat and vibration built in. I wish you some relief with this as I have been sleeping in a recliner for the last 10 years and it's harder on your neck and spine because you don't get to stretch and decompress your vertebrae. Sending you warm wishes, gentle {{{{Hugs}}}} and prayers that you get relief soon. 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Mar 19, 2016 9:07 PM

Thanks Alwayz, I appreciate your advice as well as yours Scaryann

Mar 23, 2016 8:50 PM

Just getting to posts, so sorry I'm late. I've had neck disc damages since the 90's, 2 surgeries. If you're using the cervical collars often they will actually weaken your neck muscles, so exercises would be good for strengthening. But you need to know you don't have a compressed nerve or something else wrong before doing any movement that might worsen things. I had to wear a collar 6+ months after my second surgery, and it was like a baby trying to hold my head up when I took it off. You'll be in my prayers! Hugs!!! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Mar 28, 2016 8:40 PM

Is the pain in your neck, or the back of your skull? If it feels like pressure that radiates pain like a rams horn behind your eyes and down into your arms and/or legs it could be Chiari Malformation. I have it. It's rare and difficult for doctors to diagnose. You have to have an MRI.

Mar 28, 2016 9:13 PM

I went to my gen doc and asked for physical therapy. It helped immensly

Mar 28, 2016 10:07 PM

I second the chiari, just to make sure. For some more laymens info about it, there is an episode from discovery health on mystery diagnosis: eds and chiari - otherwise, chiari is pretty common if you happen to have eds or another connective tissue disorder. Good luck

Ready to start relieving your pain?

Join Community