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    Regarding neck pain.
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    CalifornaGrammy posted:
    I use a soft neck collar to sleep in, to avoid neck bending in a awkward
    position. I had neck surgery w/fusion 15 years ago, and I'm trying to avoid another until I have to. I do Yoga, to strengthen,stretch and lengthen the muscles. Cold packs for inflamation, moist heat, 20 min. on/20 min. off. Anti-inflamitory or choice and keep moving. Change positons often, stretch, walk a min. or 2.
    Warm shower, A massage chair for back, neck, with heat. The setting for Shiatsu massage,or roller massage works well, if you can't get someone at home or have a professional massage! I do all of the above, alternating from any combination, that gives relief
    Hope this helps!
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    sunidayzz36 responded:
    If you don't mind me asking, what prompted you to have neck surgery? I have cervical stenosis which leaves me with chronic headaches and neck and shoulder pain. I have had epidural steroid injections, trigger point injections and physical therapy and now my spine specialist is talking about referring me to a surgeon. I don't know what to do. I have heard stories that haven't turned out well. Thank you for any advice you could give me.
     
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    terry3401 replied to sunidayzz36's response:
    I think you might find some relief if you saw a chiropractor. There are muscles in your back and shoulder area that reach up the back of your head, and these muscles are the very ones that cause me headaches. He/she will x-ray the area before they use any adjustment, and then can tell if its something they can help. One complaint about chiropractors is that they want you to return several times -- well, if these muscles have been in the same position for a long time, they'll need retraining and perhaps exercises and massage to change their effects. Another thing that worked quite well for me was what is called "deep massage". It can be painful but its very much like scratching an itch that you couldn't reach. A physical therapist usually does this, but it is pretty specialized. I certainly would try chiropractic before I tried surgery. Chiropractic addresses musculoskeletal issues and could help you considerably.


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