wake up with head and neck pain

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by gmom605, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. gmom605

    gmom605 New Member

    every morning ,,,can any one relate this ? and how can

    you buy a pillow that can help and will a foam or

    pillowtop mattress help? really need your help!!!,,gmom,,,
  2. gidgetsmom

    gidgetsmom New Member

    I've always liked sleeping with a flat pillow, but when I just couldn't stand the pain anymore I went out and bought a large fluffy top of the line pillow. (Replaced the CHEAP flat one!)

    I tried the tempurpedic (sp) foam one, and didn't like it at all. Seemed like sleeping with my head on a shelf!!

    What I got was a Simmons Beautyrest Premium Support. $12 here at Walmart. I love it! And best of all, my morning headaches seem to be gone! (Knocks on wood! LOL)

    Hope this helps you some!

    Shelley
  3. jarjar

    jarjar New Member

    Neck pain is a red flag for lyme along with the rest of cfs/fm symptoms. Please get an Igenex western blot taken for lyme. Don't go years misdiagnosed like I did.


    Below is an article from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation:

    Lyme (commonly misspelled as Lime or Lymes) Disease symptoms may show up fast, with a bang, or very slowly and innocuously. There may be initial flu-like symptoms with fever, headache, nausea, jaw pain, light sensitivity, red eyes, muscle ache and stiff neck. Many write this off as a flu and because the nymph stage of the tick is so tiny many do not recall a tick bite.

    The classic rash may only occur or have been seen in as few as 30% of cases (many rashes in body hair and indiscrete areas go undetected). Treatment in this early stage is critical.

    If left untreated or treated insufficiently symptoms may creep into ones life over weeks, months or even years. They wax and wane and may even go into remission only to come out at a later date...even years later.

    With symptoms present, a negative lab result means very little as they are very unreliable. The diagnosis, with today's limitations in the lab, must be clinical.

    Many Lyme patients were firstly diagnosed with other illnesses such as Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Interstitial Cystis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Fifth Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, scleroderma, lupus, early ALS, early Alzheimers Disease, crohn's disease, ménières syndrome, reynaud's syndrome, sjogren's syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, prostatitis, psychiatric disorders (bipolar, depression, etc.), encephalitis, sleep disorders, thyroid disease and various other illnesses. see -- Other Presentations and Misdiagnoses

    If you have received one of these diagnoses please scroll down and see if you recognize a broader range of symptoms.

    If you are a doctor please re-examine these diagnoses, incorporating Lyme in the differential diagnoses.

    The one common thread with Lyme Disease is the number of systems affected (brain, central nervous system, autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, musco-skeletal, etc.) and sometimes the hourly/daily/weekly/monthly changing of symptoms.

    No one will have all symptoms but if many are present serious consideration must be given by any physician to Lyme as the possible culprit. Lyme is endemic in Canada period. The infection rate with Lyme in the tick population is exploding in North America and as the earth's temperature warms this trend is expected to continue.

    Symptoms may come and go in varying degrees with fluctuation from one symptom to another. There may be a period of what feels like remission only to be followed by another onset of symptoms.

    PRINT AND CIRCLE ALL YES ANSWERS ( 20 yes represents a serious potential and Lyme should be included in diagnostic workup)

    Symptoms of Lyme Disease

    The Tick Bite (fewer than 50% recall a tick bite or get/see the rash)
    Rash at site of bite
    Rashes on other parts of your body
    Rash basically circular and spreading out (or generalized)
    Raised rash, disappearing and recurring


    Head, Face, Neck

    Unexplained hair loss
    Headache, mild or severe, Seizures
    Pressure in Head, White Matter Lesions in Head (MRI)
    Twitching of facial or other muscles
    Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
    Tingling of nose, (tip of) tongue, cheek or facial flushing
    Stiff or painful neck
    Jaw pain or stiffness
    Dental problems (unexplained)
    Sore throat, clearing throat a lot, phlegm ( flem ), hoarseness, runny nose


    Eyes/Vision

    Double or blurry vision
    Increased floating spots
    Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
    Oversensitivity to light
    Flashing lights/Peripheral waves/phantom images in corner of eyes


    Ears/Hearing

    Decreased hearing in one or both ears, plugged ears
    Buzzing in ears
    Pain in ears, oversensitivity to sounds
    Ringing in one or both ears


    Digestive and Excretory Systems

    Diarrhea
    Constipation
    Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping) or Interstitial cystitis
    Upset stomach (nausea or pain) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)


    Musculoskeletal System

    Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome
    Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
    Muscle pain or cramps, (Fibromyalgia)


    Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

    Shortness of breath, can't get full/satisfying breath, cough
    Chest pain or rib soreness
    Night sweats or unexplained chills
    Heart palpitations or extra beats
    Endocarditis, Heart blockage


    Neurologic System

    Tremors or unexplained shaking
    Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
    Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
    Pressure in the head
    Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
    Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
    Increased motion sickness
    Lightheadedness, wooziness


    Psychological well-being

    Mood swings, irritability, bi-polar disorder
    Unusual depression
    Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
    Feeling as if you are losing your mind
    Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
    Too much sleep, or insomnia
    Difficulty falling or staying asleep
    Narcolepsy, sleep apnea
    Panic attacks, anxiety


    Mental Capability

    Memory loss (short or long term)
    Confusion, difficulty in thinking
    Difficulty with concentration or reading
    Going to the wrong place
    Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
    Stammering speech
    Forgetting how to perform simple tasks


    Reproduction and Sexuality

    Loss of sex drive
    Sexual dysfunction
    Unexplained menstral pain, irregularity
    Unexplained breast pain, discharge
    Testicular or pelvic pain


    General Well-being

    Unexplained weight gain, loss
    Extreme fatigue
    Swollen glands/lymph nodes
    Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
    Continual infections (sinus, kidney, eye, etc.)
    Symptoms seem to change, come and go
    Pain migrates (moves) to different body parts
    Early on, experienced a "flu-like" illness, after which you
    have not since felt well.
    Low body temperature

    Allergies/Chemical sensitivities

    Increased affect from alcohol and possible worse hangover

    [This Message was Edited on 01/27/2007]
  4. gmom605

    gmom605 New Member

    bumping for more replys,,thanks,,gmom,,
  5. bumping for gmom605, I have the same problem. Nothing so far has helped. I have a post about it myself. It is the one........... Pain in back of head? behind the ears area?
  6. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    I have this frequently and have never really been able to find an answer.I have tried so many different pillows. Right now, I am using a water pillow and things have improved quite a bit so I'll stick with it for now.

    Another thing that can help is taking a muscle relaxer before bed.

    Good Luck
    Kathy
    [This Message was Edited on 01/28/2007]
  7. Lichu3

    Lichu3 New Member

    Try a foam pillow with a groove where your neck would be if you tend to sleep on your back. The groove gives your neck added support during sleep. I find this helps me and people who often have neck pain in the morning. Try Costco if you have membership.
    [This Message was Edited on 01/28/2007]
  8. I got the Simmons Beautyrest Premium Support pillow you mentioned you liked above, at Walmart yesterday. It seems really comfortable. Simmons makes mattresses so I figured they should know pillows too. Thanks for mentioning it.
  9. where did you order it and how much are they? Is it a pillow to sleep on or use during the day to help the pain or?
  10. gmom605

    gmom605 New Member

    thank you for your reply,,i sure need something for for my
    neck pain i don`t sleep very well at night ,i`ve tried to buy different pillows but don`t seem to buy the right one so i`ll try to buy the one you told me,,,thanks gmom,,,