Neck pain questions

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by krissy888, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. krissy888

    krissy888 New Member

    I have neck pain all the time but sometimes it hurts bad-like today. It feels like a very bad stiff neck. I can only turn it so far.

    Also, I do have fibro but what causes this neck pain all of the time, is it the way I am sleeping?

    What do you all do for the pain? What is an epatch and a Lidoderm patch? I need something. Thanks
  2. dancingstar

    dancingstar New Member

    Hi Krissy,

    I began to have the severe neck pain when I stopped taking Effexor. In my case it was a dreadful side effect of withdrawal. Dr. Holtorf did some trigger point injections into my neck and the back of my head that helped a lot. It's not perfect, but I can move my neck much more easily and with a lot less pain now. Definitely worth a try.
  3. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I have always had severe neck pain. I finally asked my doc if I could have a CT scan done of my cervical spine (neck). (I could not have a MRI done because I have a pacemaker.)

    I did and found out that my neck has all of these problems: degenerative disks, bulging disks, thecal sac effacement, bone spurs, paramedian disk herniation, moderate spinal canal stenosis, compression of exiting nerve root, severe cervical spondylosis, and facet arthropathy.

    So, you see, you may have a ton of problems in it that could be helped in other ways besides taking pain meds which just mask the pain but do nothing to fix it.

    Hugs,
    Janet
  4. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Oh that darn neck pain. Plus the head pain. I did not know that the little tiny covering of head muscles could hurt so much. DH keeps telling me: The brain has no pain centers of its own," to remind me that the pain we feel is from the surrounding structures. He is right.

    I am about to ask for some sort of shot for my neck. Funny thing, I was struggling with neck pain and a neighbor who goes to the same doctor said he had just had shots as his neck had been hurting him for THREE DAYS. Now same doctor was ignoring my pain of months! Must be because I am a woman.

    I do think having the neck stretched helps with all the type of things Jan has, which is the sort of thing I have. I am about to buy one of those neck stretcher things. But I do this other thing that helps.

    Tie a towel round a door knob (you may have to use rope on the towel ends. The twel should rest in a sling then only 2 inches from floor. Lie with neck in this sling(make sure no one comes through door!) Strangely, it helps, it stretches the neck and cradles it. Give it a whirl.
    Love Anne
  5. Kat_in_Texas

    Kat_in_Texas New Member

    I had an MRI of my cervical spine last week, but I have yet to hear a report from the doc. (In fact, I think I'll call him this afternoon...) My new doc seems to think the neck pain could be caused by damage to the spine when I had whiplash ... 30+ years ago! I hope he finds something that can be treated, because it's really been painful lately.

    The muscles in my shoulder/upper back are now starting to be affected, probably because I'm holding my head at a weird angle because of the neck pain. I had my husband rub Capzasin (it's like Ben-Gay, Aspercreme, etc.) on my shoulders and back last night and that really did help some.

    Good luck!
    Kat
  6. minimonkey

    minimonkey New Member

    All sorts of things can cause neck pain -- it is awful -- I've lived with chronic neck pain (and head/shoulder/jaw/scapular) spasms for over 15 years now!!!

    Getting xrays and a cervical spine MRI is a great start. Stretching and chiropractic help me some -- as does heat. When it goes into my head, ICE helps, right on the back of the neck.

    In my case, after years and years of misdiagnoses and narcotic pain meds and muscle relaxants and chiropriactic---

    Turns out I have LYME DISEASE!!! That has been the culprit all along. My so-called migraines are actually Lyme meningitis. If this is even a slight possibility for you, I'd suggest doing some serious reading on Lyme to see if the clinical picture fits... if it does, RUN to your nearest Lyme specialist and get tested.
  7. bluestanglady

    bluestanglady New Member

    I was doing great until I started having neck pain in 1998. I had an MRI done and had a ruptured disk in my neck. I had surgery which repaired the rupture at the time but three months later was already rupturing again. Then I was diagnosed with fibro about 6 months later. The neck pain and shoulder pain never really goes away -- just gets better at times and really really bad sometimes. My doctor prescribed a TENS unit for me (which was covered by insurance). It really helps when it gets really bad. Also moist heat (I use a hot water bottle) helps. Good luck.
  8. OptimusUndead

    OptimusUndead Member

    hey kat, i was just wondering what the MRI showed. I"m just browsing through "NEck" or "neck pain" in the search function, and its amazing how many people here have it more than any other pain. Its adding a few things up to Dr. Whitcombs theories.

    thanks,
  9. TXFMmom

    TXFMmom New Member

    Almost all of us have neck pain.

    I, like one of the other posters, could scare one to death with all the problems in my neck.

    It is inoperable.

    I need a fusion, but I don't have enough good vertebrae to secure it to.

    Then, I have very, very bad lumbar certebrae and thoracic, as well.

    Trigger injections can help, immenseley.

    However, facet joint injections have done the most toward mobility, pain reduction, and trigger release for my neck.