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Old 03-18-2005, 03:00 PM   #1
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I have no idea what's wrong with me..but it hurts.

Well, I went to the gym on march 8. That's over a week and a half ago. I hurt something in my lower neck just below shoulder level. I think it was those military presses (about 50lbs.). I am 45 and slender build and in otherwise good shape (i think..).

I cant bend my head back. I can't even get back to where my head is neutral. It is a little forward and that causes my muscles all in the back of my neck and back to be always strained and burning. If I bend my head back and try to straighten up, I get SEVERE pointed pains on the left side of my back bone area at the lower neck.

Since this has happened, I have been popping 600-800mg advils to manage the pain. Even with these, sometimes I have to stop and rest. WHat i do is bend over and let my head and arms hang so I get some traction on my bones and let my muscles rest a little.

I have also noticed lately a lot of the nerve misfirings (muscle twitches) occuring on my left pectoral, under my arms, and out the clavical area on my back.

This one I'm not sure of: When I feel the little bumps on the vertabre on the back of my neck, it seems like the one near the pain is not quite in line with the others...?? It's shifted. I need someone to look at that more carefully since I can't really see the back of my neck.

I've had problems building up in this area for a number of years and am worried that my neck area is getting worse. Even normally, i don't think I can bend my head back to where regular people can anymore.


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Old 03-18-2005, 03:05 PM   #2
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Re: I have no idea what's wrong with me..but it hurts.

I don't think you'll be called to play the part of the hunch back of notre dame anytime soon!!
You really need to check that out though....I'd suggest going to a pain management place first....he can get you some good medication to ease your pain if the advil is not cutting it...sounds as though its not quite making the pain subside. Probably the doctor will have you get an MRI and see if anything was in fact done to your neck. It very well could be just a pinched nerve...but you always want to make sure you exaughst every option. Good luck to you and I hope that you feel better soon. Being in pain isn't any fun...anyone on this board can tell you that! Try to have a good weekend...and lay off the weight training for awhile until you get this under control!!!!

Old 03-18-2005, 03:23 PM   #3
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Re: I have no idea what's wrong with me..but it hurts.

The bone you are taking about on your vertebrae do you mean right at the bottom of your neck? I have no neck problems and that bottom one sticks out way further. It's the one right before the neck starts. If that is what you are taking about then that part is normal. If you mean something totally different then disregard this. I know I have pain in my lower back and I have what seems to be a bump right above my tailbone and that is where I have my pain. I do not know if that bump is supposed to be there. It might be part of the normal spinal column.

Old 03-18-2005, 04:46 PM   #4
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I understand your pain, I truly do. I would think it would be wise to see a cervical spine specialist and get some xrays done, even an MRI. You should be able to get some muscle relaxers and pain meds from either that dr or your primary. It is highly possible it is a muscle strain, to a moved vertebrae to a disc herniation and so on. Better to know than speculate. The longer things are out of wack, the harder to put them back.
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:10 PM   #5
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Re: I have no idea what's wrong with me..but it hurts.

Thank you for your responses and info.

The injured area is 3-4 vertibrae below that big bump area where your neck meets your back. It's kind of where your clavicles meet (wing bones).

I have been seeing a chiropractor for several years and when this happened, I called him. Now, it's been about 2 weeks of this and he is treating me. He mentioned that he thinks it is a muscle problem. I think something is broken in there.

From reading on this board, it seems that if you have a problem and wait, you may be making it worse? Maybe I should see a bigger better doc.
I am in the Maryland area. any doc suggestions?

Old 03-22-2005, 07:21 PM   #6
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Chiropractors are ok for minor pains most people think anyway. I would never go to one. I hurt my back 10 years ago and could hardly bend over for a year. The chiropractor made the pain worse and also gave me a pain in my mid back that was not there before that lasted 6 months. How long has it been that you have had this pain? Is it getting any better at all? I used to lift weights for about 9 years and I hurt my back a few times. One of the times I don't know what I did but I got up the next day and could not look to the left at all. It gradually got better. Then I have hurt the area close to where your are talking about. Right under the left shoulder blade was where my pain was. It hurt to breath. It went away in a few weeks. I could not push it with the weight lifting for quite a while though or it would hurt all over again. You probably did not break anything considering the weight you say you lifted. I am a 125 lb girl and lifted that weight bench pressing and didn't break anything. Does it feel like it's radiating from the spine? It's really hard for any of us to say though. I know some people on here mention going to a neurologist for back problems. They do diagnostic tests to figure out what's going on. They do MRI's to really see inside at what is wrong. Others might want to suggest other types of doctors that would be good.

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