Does anyone use a neck brace or collar to ease the pain from neck and shoulder fibro? I am finding that my neck is so painful that I find it incredibly difficult to hold my head up. I've tried resting with different pillows and the way I sit but nothing seems to help. Does anyone else suffer with this? If you do how have you dealt with it? Do you have any gadgets other than pillows? Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated 😊
You need to do stretches to strengthen your neck and shoulder muscles, a collar/brace would only make your muscles weaker because they're not supporting themselves. I have a wheatgerm microwave beanbag that you heat up in the microwave, has helped me a lot. It helps relax my neck muscles along with losening them so stretching the muscles is easier.
Sending you positive vibes and warm healing hugs xx
Certainly not a stupid question. I experience this same exact thing. Had an "attack" of this last week, it was excruciating. I had heating pads, ice packs, lidocaine patches, essential oils, never really found anything to stop the pain. Had I gotten my hands on a neck brace I think I would have used it. Mine was certainly nerve pain in addition to muscle spasms in neck. Ended up laying in the bed for days because I couldn't hold up my head. This was not a case of stiffness or soreness for me, but screaming burning pain. Hope yours gets better. Hope neither of us experience this again anytime soon.
I really appreciate my physical therapist who has worked with me to develop ways to strengthen those areas. Also taking a muscle relaxer helps.
One exercise they gave me was to keep my posture straight but nut my chin out. Hold it for about 5 seconds then pull it back as far as I can and again hold it for 5 seconds. It amazes me how much my range of motion changes just after doing that 10 to 15 times.
Alternating heat and ice also help. I posted somewhere else the recipe to making your own ice pack that's flexible. Those work better than trying to use ice cubes. :) if you want I can look that up again for you.
Cinders49, I have this problem too. I had my third cervical fusion surgery in August. My neck to upper back muscles have become so weak from favoring the pain. I've been going through PT to recondition and strengthen, and regain some list mobility. Though it's no marathon expected, every little bit of improvement has felt like major accomplishment. My doc doesn't like patients to sleep on standard bed pillows, but prefers neck rolls & sleeping flat on the back. The change has helped too. Hugs love & prayers you get some relief soon! 🙂💕🙏🌸
Down pillows as they don't give resistance that seems to aggravate my pain. Topical Deep Heating rub, Deep abdominal breathing to activate the relaxing part of nervous system. Muscle relaxant prescription. Gentle stretching. Have a lot of pain now so I going to get to some of this. Prayers for you😚
Thank you all so much for your replies and I'm sorry it's taken so long to reply I have been unwell.
I saw a physio a few weeks ago and she did an examination and told me that I wasn't suitable to receive treatment her and to wait until I see the pain clinic. I was a little disgruntled as I had waited 6 months for an appt with her.
I've tried several different pillows, from firm to soft to orthopaedic, I've used my wheat bag and heat pads.
My neck and back are absolutely screaming with the pain today and I have a fairly long drive to see my Dr this morning so will be unable to take my meds either but I will be able to discuss this with her. I have a feeling she won't give me any muscle relaxants as here it's mostly Diazepam that they use and are very reluctant to prescribe it.
Once again thank you all so much for your replies I really do appreciate answer from you all as I know you have been where I have been.
Ps the ice pack recipe would be fantastic if you don't mind Mimikay 😊