Stiff Achy Neck & Shoulder Muscles

Hi Everyone! I was just wondering does any one have chronic stiff, achy neck and shoulder muscles? My neck and shoulder muscles are stiff 24/7. When I wake up in the mornings is the worst. As the day progresses it gets better but it doesn't completely go away. Somedays I just can't take the pain and I have to take Ibuprofen. My muscles are so stiff and spasming that it causes a severe headache from Hell. I always feel like I have to pop my neck to relieve the pressure. I go to a chiropractor every 2 weeks and get ultra sound therapy, massage, and adjustment, but I am wondering if I will ever be at least 75% better someday. This has been going on fot years. I feel this neck and shoulder muscle problem is contibuting to my anxiety. Thank you all and have a blessed day.


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  • panicnomore99, I too live with neck and should muscle stiffness 24/7. It was all due to a whip lash I received from a car accident many years ago. Between the whip lash and the tenseness of anxiety, I've destroyed 3 discs as well as hold my stress in my shoulder muscles. I pay dearly for it in pain whenever I do strenuous work. I can't handle looking down or up but for a few moments or I get dizzy. On rare occasions I take a Tylenol for pain. I use heat therapy which helps some otherwise I just grin and bear it. It is not an easy way to start the day. Hope you are okay tonight. x

  • I too, have same problem for years. Finally one day at the doctors, I found out it was my sinuses...yeh who would know.

    If you are experiencing neck pain or stiffness, you are probably wondering what caused it and how to make it go away. Many people do not realize that neck pain can actually be the result of sinus problems.

    Sinuses are the hollow spaces surrounding your nose, and there are four pairs of sinuses: frontal, maxillary, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses. If irritated or inflamed, each of your sinuses creates a different type of pain.

    Due to the location of the sphenoid sinuses, it is possible that you could experience sinus and neck pain at the same time. If your neck pain is connected to your sinuses, sinusitis could be to blame.

  • Wow! I do have sinus problems. I even had sinus surgery 5 years ago. My nose is always congested anyways. I constantly use nasal sprays to be able to breathe comfortably.

  • Same here, I had sinus surgery and I use nasal sprays all the time also. You might want to check into it I hope things get better for you

  • I did everything your doing,chiropractor, I did muscle relaxers, ibprofen, mine were awful and they would end up giving me a migraine. ....I'm glad finally the Doc figured it out, so sinus meds and muscle relaxer (flexeril) does the trick for me....good luck, I hope this information helps you. 😊

  • Sinus meds? That is interesting.

  • Make a dry rice heating pack up the rice in and clean old sock tie it and put it in the microwave then put it on your neck and shoulders it will release some stiffness then after use tiger balm musel rub you can ge it at your local grocery store.. also for your headach take some ibuprofen three times a day,dink lemon water try not to eat so much greasy foods it is a trigger well it is for me any ways.. try to relax your body and when you do that your neck,head and face will relax as well.. i have the same problem it sux but i try everything that might help i dont want to take meds because i am a addict i stopped useing meth because i couldn't handle the panic attacks i got so scared i just stopped using i never want to ever use again im afraid if i do the next time i do it might just kill me.. you will be fine just try your best not to freak out when you get your anxiety just either lay down and relax or get up and go for a walk get fresh air do anything that will help you keep your mind off of the pain and your anxiety... I'll pray for you i hope you feel better.. all the symptoms you have are normal you will be fine i say it normal because i have every dang system that comes with anxiety panic attacks my ER doctor told me i have full on panic attacks

  • My neck is my biggest problem :(

  • Hi Panicnomore

    I have had the jaw, neck shoulder muscle pain for about seven yrs now and I am convinced too that this has started my anxiety. It taveks down my back and makes me feel quite sick with headaches.

    I wrote in another post that I am going to see a Neuromuscular Dentist in Ely in September, as I believe it all stems from my jaw clenching. And yes I feel worse in the morning...hate going to bed as I know I will wake up in pain.

    If you want to look up this dentist he is Luke Smith in Ely.

    J x

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