Re: A sudden neck pain and stiffness
When my neck went out it just hit. No warning no nothing. The second time this happened I was driving and felt a slight slushy kind of pop or movement. That was summer 2004. I've been down and getting worse each month since then. These things often give no warning at all. The crazy thing is sometimes they resolve the same way. When my neck got better 8 - 9 years ago I just went to bed one night in pain, got up the next morning and it was totally gone. For others it is a gradual process.
Inflammation is very complex. Who knows? Foods can cause it, stress and strain, many many things. The body is amazing - each of us go through life carrying viruses and do not get sick from them until something else brings them to life. Yeast like Candida are opportunistic - we all have them but they don't cause problems until something else weakens our immune system. So while we think we are fine one day our body just tells us we have had enough. For those who get an accurate diagnosis there are very good chances of treatment and healling, for those of us who do not we suffer until we heal ourselves or until some Doctor finally figures it out.
Neck problems are tricky - so many potential causes - TMJ, improper bite, infection, muscle problems, posture problems, degenrative disease, accute tramua, it's the stuff the just hits us that seems to be the hardest to diagnose. A whiplash injury from a car wreck makes sense, waking up in pain we did not have the night before does not.
Be persistant with your doctors. Early on give yourself the standard amount of weeks for things to self resolve, but after that if you are still in pain, get the x-rays, get the MRI, try the Physical Therapy, but do not let them tell you it is all in your head. I actually had a doctor tell me all my problems were the result of "Anxiety". My MRI's showed serious degenerative changes as did the X-Rays. My recent EMG shows motor nerve problems. I had night sweats, I still hardly sleep. I have serious medical problems. Anxiety is not the cause. I know stress causes problems, but if you let a doctor try to tell you "It's all in your head" find a new doctor immediately. The meds they had me on "Clonazepam" were worse than the disease and I suffered needless withdrawals getting off the stuff. And here I am 4 months later still stuttering. Drugs are NOT the answer, they may help in the short run but eventually if you want to get better and you do not heal on your own you MUST find a doctor who can figure out what is CAUSING your pain.