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    Old 08-21-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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    Question Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

    Hello all,

    I have posted a question about something similar to this. I had decided that I was going to try and see if I could remedy the pain at home with things like yoga, neck exercises, heat therapy, etc. However as the days go on, I am constantly reminded by how much I am affected by this pain.

    I am wondering if there is something that can be done or certain things that you look for to try and determine what is at the root of the problem? From the time that I wake up to the time that I go to sleep, my neck, shoulders, and jaw constantly ache. Sometimes the neck and shoulder pain worsens dependent on whether I sit and/or stand for awhile and my jaw pain really only goes away when I am eating something. And recently I have been having added back pain after standing or walking for a bit as well. I try to relax my muscles myself so I will rub the back of my neck and shoulders, but I have noticed a lot of tenderness and it is quite painful to touch certain areas any harder than with light pressure.

    I have thought about getting a new pillow, I've added some new vitamin supplements because I also get migraines, and I am trying to exercise more in hopes that it will reduce my stress some. I would love to hear any advice on what has worked for you, what type of specialist did you see, etc. Anything to make this pain go away. Thanks for reading...I appreciate your time.

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    Old 08-21-2011, 02:39 PM   #2
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    Re: Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

    Maybe it's Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD)?

     
    Old 08-21-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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    Re: Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

    I am so sorry to hear of your problem. I have had various issues (not the same but very painfull all the same).

    The first thing to do is to get your structure examined by an experienced Chiropractor or Osteopath(with at least 10/15 years experience) I favour a Chiropractor. Many problems come from other areas, this dicipline will examine this.

    Purchase a book by Sherry Rodgers called "Pain Free In 6 Weeks". Sherry repeats hereself often making the read slightly annoying (she in no author) but she is an amazingly enlightened doctor.

    Finally remember there will be a solution to your problem it is just a matter of finding it.
    Whilst one treatment will work for someone it is not guarenteed to work for everyone, any more than a medicine is.

    Before you have a diagnosis I wouldnt advise taking any vitamins or supplements.

    Diet is very important in every health problem we have. Diet can cure most thing minor and sever. What does your diet consist of?

    Please tell us how you get on, remember always use a very experienced practicioner or one that comes highly reccomended.


    Regards Jeffrey

     
    Old 09-06-2011, 07:05 PM   #4
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    Hi Jeffrey,

    Thank you for responding. Well, to answer your question, I try to maintain a diet that is relatively low in sugar and simple carbs (because I have difficulties with cravings for both). I usually eat quite a bit of grains, but have noticed that they are causing some stomach discomfort and irritation so I've scaled back on certain ones. I eat lower fat dairy products, a couple servings of fruit, a few servings of veggies, and a few servings of protein (with one being a meat) a day. I only drink water, 1% milk or unsweetened rooibos tea.

    I do get reoccurring migraines so I take B-2 vitamins, magnesium, and a few prescription medications as preventatives.

    I try to find the best recommended physicians that I can find (in my area), but due to cost I haven't really been to a doctor lately.

    Thanks for your help!

     
    Old 09-06-2011, 09:26 PM   #5
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    Re: Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

    I've had many of your same symptoms.

    If you can't see a doctor, I highly recommend the book "The TMJ Healing Plan: 10 Steps to Relieving Headaches, Neck Pain and Jaw Disorders" by Cynthia Peterson, PT. The book walks you through holistic treatments and through supplements to traditional treatments. You will find info on: replacing harmful habits, important anatomy, stopping overuse of your jaw, the power of posture, sleeping positions, how to hold your mouth and calm your muscles, training your tongue, breathing well, muscle care, disk and ligament care, halting head and neck pain, reducing stress, appropriate exercise, creating your own aciton plan, etc.. The information is clearly written and the illustrations are easy to understand. This book is fairly new and inexpensive. Prior to finding this book, I paid a fortune to specialists and therapists to find out this same information. It is a great place to begin, even if you don't officially have TMJ.
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    Old 09-08-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
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    Re: Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

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    Hi Jeffrey,

    Thank you for responding. Well, to answer your question, I try to maintain a diet that is relatively low in sugar and simple carbs (because I have difficulties with cravings for both). I usually eat quite a bit of grains, but have noticed that they are causing some stomach discomfort and irritation so I've scaled back on certain ones. I eat lower fat dairy products, a couple servings of fruit, a few servings of veggies, and a few servings of protein (with one being a meat) a day. I only drink water, 1% milk or unsweetened rooibos tea.

    I do get reoccurring migraines so I take B-2 vitamins, magnesium, and a few prescription medications as preventatives.

    I try to find the best recommended physicians that I can find (in my area), but due to cost I haven't really been to a doctor lately.

    Thanks for your help!
    Hi

    Sorry to say a doctor (free in the UK) will not be of much use unless he steers you to the correct dicipline.
    Your problem might be structural in which case you need a chiropractor or Osteopath. If you insist and decline any medication your doctor can refer you to these diciplines, they are available on the health service in the UK. No doubt there is a waiting list but at least they will be free.
    Without having your structure looked at you cannot tell if the problem is there or elswhere. I have had excellent results from a Chiropractor and Osteopath.

    Regarding your reply I would like to suggest the following but if your structure is out there will be little relief (say a trapped nerve or damaged tendon etc).

    The Deadly Nightshade family of vegetables can cause pain in many areas for no apparent reason. Sherry Rodgers suggest avoiding them for a period of 6 weeks to see if the pain subsides. I would try 8.

    Its worth a try and its free.

    With regards to diet if you eat grains use SPELT flour only. (an ancient wheat that should not cause bloating or stomach discomfort. You can purchase pasta and bread made form this (must be wholewheat).

    Reduce your proportions of carbs even if they are all Spelt (from dead grains i.e cooked grains bread pasta etc) and increase your vegetable intake.

    So a plate of pasta should be 3/4 veg or more and the rest pasta and a tiny amount of protein. (Steam veg or eat it raw).
    Up your fruit intake to 5 portions per day. Vegetable portions can be as much as you want.

    Fruits are the bodies cleaners and vegetables the healers.
    Try to cook all your own food.
    Look at all ingredients on packets and avoid all nasties e.g colours flavour enhancers, sugars, glucose, and so on.

    Remember not to rush the changover. Do it so that you are comfortable with it and enjoy it.

    Sherry Rodgers does reccoment further nutrition if the nightshades bring no results.

    Here hoping you will be cured.

    Nutrition is so powerful it works for most things including all the nasties because all the nasties are caused by bad nutrition which includes chemicals in our foods. (Please dont take that the wrong way, you sound like you are doing more than most but you need to refine it some more).
    Research has shown that with a rich diet in vegatables and fruit we can succesfully fight the damage from chemicals.

    But if you have a pulled muscle, for instance, it will heal well and quickly (if your diets good) but you will still have scar tissue that needs to be physically dealt with by deep tissue massage, otherwise you might always have some discomfort in that area.

    Very best regards

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    Old 09-09-2011, 09:51 AM   #7
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    Re: Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

    I myself have a sore crooked jaw. It can be surgically fixed, but doctors don't recommend it since there are no guarantees that it will fix the problem. After the operation your mouth is wired shut till it heals. Later on it can or will change your appearance. When low pressure systems are blown through town you might experience aces and pains from joints or past injuries such as broken bones. I'm speaking from the experienced side. (-^_>^)

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    Old 09-11-2011, 05:39 PM   #8
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    Re: Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

    Hi,

    Thank you all for the recommendations.

    I am currently trying to make slight alterations to my diet little by little so I am certainly open to suggestions. And the book that was recommended sounds helpful.

    I have successfully been able to keep my teeth from touching during the day (besides chewing/swallowing) and I've recently been trying to keep my tongue in position so it will help relax my jaw. That hasn't been so successful, but I will continue to try. I am also not opposed to visiting a doctor. I am actually trying to find a TMJ specialist now for a least a consultation. I'm just having a difficult time finding one that is considered in-network with my insurance. And my problem would be if I had to see multiple types of doctors for reoccurring appointments. Then I think that it would probably be too cost prohibitive for me.

     
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    Re: Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

    Sound like you may be fixing to have or are having a heart attack. Go to Doctor get checked. Sounds like you have wasted too much time trying to do home help. Have you noticed being short winded, stomach pain, since posting this? For your own safety I suggest you go to ER or family doctor as soon as possible.

     
    Old 09-13-2011, 12:22 AM   #10
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    Re: Any advice on neck, shoulder, and jaw pain?

    Hi dude,

    Daily exerciser is the best solution for this problem.

     
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