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Really Painful Neck at Night

Hi, this has been for the past few nights. I have been taking painkillers but woke up with excrutiating pain again this morning when I thought I'd turned a corner. Then I get a bad headache :(

I have bought myself a neck pillow anyway to see if that will help@

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I hope you find some relief from this, let us know how you get on with the new pillow. Lou x

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Thanks Lou. Sorry for the late reply, I have been offline a lot. The new pillow didn't help much but the neck is quite a bit better :) x

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I am so sorry to read this, and I sincerely hope that your neck pillow works for you. If the pain and headaches continue I would discuss the issue with your doctor just to get other medical conditions rued out of the equation.

I want to genuinely wish you all the best of luck.

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken

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Thanks Ken. Sorry for the delay in reply, I've been offline. The pillow didn't actually help much, it was too uncomfortable and then I realized there were some cheaper ones in Superdrug! But the neck is quite a bit better, thanks.

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Sorry that the pillow did not work too well for you but I am happy to read that your neck is much better.

Take care

Ken

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Thanks Ken. I think the neck pillow was too big. I saw a much cheaper one in Superdrug after I'd bought mine!

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Hello FoggyMoggy, yes I also have neck pain and the way I deal with it is, have a scarf around the neck everyday, use a topical pain relief gel (the new one that costs a fortune, works well, I cannot have anything with ibuprofen in), they put the scarf back on, even when I go to bed, when neck pain is there keep the neck warm at all times.

The headache is part of the way you move your head and neck while the pain is there and then due to the restrictive movements, the muscles in the neck become tense and then the pain is worse. Sorry but scarves are the best help to deal with the pain, draughts and cold make neck pain worse, ttfn from Karen

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Thanks Karen. Very sorry for the delay in replying, I've been away but I have been trying some of the things anyway that you have suggested :) Plus nurofen and the neck is quite a bit better :)

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Morning Foggy Moggy

Am I right your neck sets at night and then the pain goes up into your head.

The first thing I think is review your pillows .Many years ago I used to sleep with no pillows but sitting up right- how many do you sleep on - do you lie flat do you move about alot at night?

I think that when I broke my neck I learnt to sleep upright and now I start off semi lieing and gradually slip down a bit.

Often I find if you support your head with a butterfly pillow - you know hit the pillow in the middle so your neck lies down the center line with pillow each side to support your head.

Good luck

Ginsing

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Thanks kindly Ginsing, and as I've said to the others, very sorry for the late reply but I have been away and offline. My neck is quite a bit better now, thanks, although I still sometimes need nurofen at night after it has seized up. Yes I think lying on my back is more comfortable than on my side and I also experiment with one or more pillows, though I think it's the position more than the number of pillows :)

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Hi FoggyMoggy, having a pain in the neck is really a downer, and wrecks the days. I have found that when my neck is supported by firm pillows and my neck/head/shoulders are in line, then the muscles start to rest and relax, the scarf is still important for the warmth.

The pillows need to allow the head to sink in a bit not go flat. I also sleep in the sitting up position as this is better for my bones and where they all are. the pillows are out at the bum and slope upwards in a type of wedge shape so when laying back (I had about 5/6 pillows) , the whole back through to the neck and back of the head are fully supported and then muscles are in a good position to relax and the medication given the chance to work.

I am not allowed nurofen and such drugs, so I have used this Flexiseq gel, which is onto the skin, and then the scarf on top the effect is very good, the pain has eased, and it can be used during the day to continue the support and healing.

Being in pain is not good for daily life and solutions are important, so FoggyMoggy I hope these bits may help you along and that pain in the neck is brought under your control.

So till next time, ttfn from Karen

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Thanks kindly, Karen. That will be very helpful advice if I am in this position again. Luckily I am past the painful stage and only get a little bit after being in the same position for a long time.

You take care and thanks again :) x

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