I'm not 100% sure but I think I have a pinched nerve in my neck.
I have pain & limited range of motion when turning my head to the left, and pain when tilting my head to the left side.
This did not result from an injury or me doing anything in particular...I woke up one morning and my neck was aching and it's been that way since, and it's driving me nuts. I had been sleeping on two pillows, sleeping on just one has made it better but not made it go away. Physical activity makes it loosen up a bit and feel a little better, but only temporarily.
My girlfriend has told me I should see a massage therapist about it, and I see that they say they can fix neck pain and such, so is that a good option?
Also, I asked about this before, and somebody just told me to go ask on the "spinal disorders" forum, but this isn't a disorder so I don't think it belongs there.
[I][FONT="Times New Roman"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="Indigo"]I wouldn't allow any massage or manipulation of any kind until you get a diagnosis. You need to make an appt with your family doctor as a start and go from there. It could just simply be strained muscles, but on the other hand, you could be having a disc problem. If your doctors recommendations don't help in a couple of weeks, it's time to see a spine specialist.
Good luck to you; I hope you will let us know what you find out.
Ditto to getting yourself seen FIRST. And the reason you were referred to the spinal cord disorder board, is because that is more geared to cervical spine issues in which your issue applies. But I would definitely get yourself looked at by a MD before pursuing massage therapy at this time. Good luck to you.
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L5/S1 bulging @ 18, now 46; still there (but no pain)
Fusion at L4/L5 Apr -2006
Solidly Fused Nov-2006
A Success, but still improving!
[COLOR="Navy"]I agree with Just. Get checked out before you let someone massage anything. YOu could end up with more harm than good.
The reason you were directed to the cervical board was this is primarily the lower lumbar area of the back, not the neck area...which is covered in the spinal disorder board. Kinda confusing.... good luck.[/COLOR]