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Can't hold my head up. Neck PAIN
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genegmusic posted:
Hello everyone!

I hope as you're reading this, everyone is feeling alright and learning more about bettering their health!

Where I'm at right now is after a whiplash injury from a car accident 4 years ago, I'm having trouble, holding my head up and suffer from overall fatigue and chronic pain. This has effected my life a great deal. I also have pain in my shoulders and they can't seem to relax and have weakness in my arms.

I've done rounds of physical therapy and I'm still on the same boat. I have taken mri's, x-rays; have seen pain specialists, orpthopedics, physical therapists, alternative medicine doctors, chiropractors, etc. What has brought me the most relief has been the phy. therapy, accupuncture, and chiropractic but all are expensive for a student with little money.

IS OR HAS ANYONE BEEN IN A SIMILAR SITUATION?? If you guys could shed some light, I would greatly appreciate it.

Love and light to everyone,

genegmusic
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lauriepowell responded:
I'm 39 years old and when I was 15 I got into a sever auto accident. Whiplash was just part of it. I can tell you I still have problems but have learned to live with alot of it. Think about getting a TENS unit for home and work use.

Another thing you can start doing is a form of meditation. Embrace the pain instead of rejecting it. I know it sounds strange but it can really help.

I'm sorry I don't have much for you other than understanding.
 
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genegmusic responded:
No, Laurie: thank you. That's powerful advice! Tell me about your meditation exercises, please. Lately has your life been limited much? How about around the time you were 15? What were you feeling then? I appreciate any advice I can get. Thank you for taking time out to write me.

Sincerely,

Genegmusic

Can anyone else shed some light on my situation?
 
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TRIDEX responded:
DEAR GEMEGMUSIC.....LIKE YOURSELF I'VE BEEN TO EVERY KIND OF DOCTOR AND THERAPIST. NONE HAD A CLUE EXCEPT ONE PT SKILLED IN CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY. EIGHT MINUTES OF THE MOST BENIGN TREATMENT AND I COULD STAND AND WALK LOOKING LIKE A U.S. MARINE AFTER BOOT CAMP !.......IT DID NOT LAST AS MY NECK AND BACK MUSCLES HAD ATROPHIED IN THE PREVIOUS MONTHS. I'M TRYING TO BUILD THESE UP WITH ISOMETRICS NOW....WHILE YOURE LOOKING FOR A QUALIFIED PT, YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY THIS 8 MIN TREATMENT WITH YOUR MOM.

1. LIE ON YOUR BACK COMFORTABLY (USE A SMALL PILLOW IF REQUIRED), HAVE YOUR MOM CRADLE YOUR HEAD IN HER HANDS 2 MINUTES.

2.HAVE MOM CRADLE YOUR HEADWITH HER LEFT HAND AND PLACE RIGHT HAND ON YOUR HEAD AND FOREHEAD 2 MINUTES.

3. HAVE MOM PLACE HER HANDS UNDER YOUR BACK(LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE) ABOUT AT THE TOP OF YOUR RIB CAGE (JUST UNDER THE SHOULDER) 2 MINUTES.

4, HAVE MOM PLACE ONE HAND (FROM THE SIDE) UNDER YOUR BACK ABOUT OPPOSITE THE STERNAM 2 MINUTES.

THAT'S IT. YOUR MOM SHOULD HAVE FELT YOUR TENSE MUSCLES SMOOTH OUT LIKE THE WRINKLES IN A T SHIRT.

SIGNED.....TRIDEX
 
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crazytexan01 responded:
hey genegmusic, like you i was in a very bad car accident when i was 19. Now i'm 35 and have been dealing with the after effects the whole time. I have a disc herniation at c-6 c-7 as well as a small herniation at c-5 6. The pain is non stop in not only my arms, shoulders, hands and neck, but i also have a chronic head ache that would put a migraine to shame. I have yet to find anything from injections, chiro, to dang near voodoo that is of much help. The point is, never give up on trying any method to get some relief. The only thing i would try my best to avoid is surgery, that should be the absolute last resort. good luck in your search for relief.................
 
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Marilyn2d responded:
Hi
It is almost one year now -my son has the same problem- have you found an answer?
 
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Marilyn2d replied to Marilyn2d's response:
genegmusic said : " having trouble, holding my head up and suffer from overall fatigue and chronic pain. This has effected my life a great deal. I also have pain in my shoulders and they can't seem to relax and have weakness in my arms.

I've done rounds of physical therapy and I'm still on the same boat. I have taken mri's, x-rays; have seen pain specialists, orpthopedics, physical therapists, alternative medicine doctors, chiropractors, etc....."




This is what I am wanting to hear about~ My son has tried even more than these things even having a surgery--He now has a interthecal pain pump.

Also I am wondering how graduating is possible. He still has to stay mostly reclined .He has tried to return to university but the ergonomics and expertise for ACCESS are for deaf and blind students. It seems almost impossible to find the solution due to the fact he can not use his hands and arms for long period of time- He uses Dragon Naturally Speaking but writing papers is too much for that to handle as well as his voice which gets stressed.

So any help on any of this -anybody out there who has similar experiences?
How has genegmusic progressed?
Thanks for nay information!
 
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someoneguy responded:
I have had this condition and I'm sorry to hear you have it too. I was in a car accident where I cracked the window with my head and then it developed very quickly after.
My condition eventually involved so many muscles in my back and legs that it is even hard to tell which therapies/treatments are working the best.
That said I'll suggest two things- Alexander Technique this is focussed on posture and could be helpful. Also try different kinds of shoes particularly earth shoes or mbts.
 
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freedomisjust replied to someoneguy's response:
I was also involved in an accident 30 yrs. ago and suffered a whiplash-like injury. I was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This is a neuropathic pain disorder and Lyrica helped with some symptoms. I told my PT that I could not hold my head up for very long without getting a headache. He informed me that my symptoms of head, neck and shoulder pain are often the result of or exacerbated by poor posture. It will be a long hard slog, but well worth it already. That constant tension headache across the back of my head is gone! The exercises put me back in charge of managing not just my pain, but my body. Poor posture affects your internal organs as well because they do not have room to function optimally. It also affects your breathing, because you don't inhale as deeply. Pain also tends to cause sufferers to breathe more shallow, so that's one more reason to exercise, even though its one of the hardest things to do when you're in excruciating pain. Best of luck to you all.
 
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mozelle77ray responded:
I woke up one day and my neck would not hold my head up without pain. I have since purchased a cervical collar that helps somewhat, but it is not getting any better. I do not know where to go for diagnosis and treatment. Mozelle77Ray
 
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davedsel57 replied to mozelle77ray's response:
You need to start with your primary doctor. He/she will determine if you need to see a specialist and what type. You need to call your doctor and get an appointment asap.

I pray you can get this treated and find relief soon.
Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story.

Blessings,

Dave
 
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annette030 replied to mozelle77ray's response:
Wearing a cervical collar for any length of time at all, even just a few days, will substantially lessen the strength of your neck muscles. These should not be used unless a doctor explains to you why, what is wrong with you, and how to use it safely.

These collars are not to be used without seeing a doctor first. I have had neck problems for many, many years, I asked my pcp, my neurosurgeon, and my neurologist, and all three doctors told me "NO!!!", do not even think about it. The neurosurgeon said after certain types of spinal surgery a cervical collar is worn for a brief amount of time, but not for the type of surgery I had.

Take care, Annette


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