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    Old 07-18-2015, 01:42 PM   #1
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    Is the crick in my neck permanent?

    I woke up one morning, and found it nearly impossible to get out of bed. This is embarrassing that I don't remember when this happened, but my best guess is that it was about 9 months ago. It was painful and I had to hold and support my head when I moved. This intensity went away after 8-10 days, however it has still hurt ever since. There was no acute traumatic injury that I think caused it, however I do have a couch that is unhealthy to lie down on because the arm of the couch is at an angle and the couch also is not perfectly horizontal to the floor. The pain is on the right side of my neck and also the back of my neck on the right side. Some days it is very sore and stiff, and I have a limited range of motion, and other days I don't feel it much - but it is always there, which makes me feel claustrophobic in my own body. I am now starting to worry that it might not ever go away and is actually some type of nerve damage. It's not debilitating, I can look to the right just fine, and I can even jog and do workouts. I used to massage my neck and try to stretch it out, but recently I am convinced that this doesn't actually do anything.

    How serious is this? What could be wrong with my neck? Will it go away? Does stretching and massaging and light workouts such as jogging and pushups making it worse and preventing it from healing? I work at a university and there is a general practitioner there who actually has a background in orthopedic surgery, and there are x-rays there. I plan on going there soon, but I also have two other jobs, both in kitchens. I work approximately 7 days a week and don't have a whole lot of time, and I'm trying to decide if this is serious enough that I should request off or if I can just wait until the next time I happen to not be scheduled, which could be anywhere from 1-4 weeks. I just realized now after hearing someone else's story about a pinched nerve (and more health issues I don't even remember) that my issue could actually be very serious.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Old 07-18-2015, 03:16 PM   #2
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    Re: Is the crick in my neck permanent?

    Ice it and see if that helps. It should. If it doesn't, you may need a trip to the chiropractor

     
    Old 07-21-2015, 09:54 AM   #3
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    Re: Is the crick in my neck permanent?

    My husband had a similar situation many years ago. He went to bed feeling OK, but when he woke up in the morning, he couldn't get out of bed. Turns out the L5-S1 disc had ruptured. I mention this as a way of pointing out that you do not have to have an injury or an "event" that you can pinpoint to have a disc bulge or herniation develop. Degeneration can gradually develop until one day the disc can no longer sustain itself. Something similar may be going on with you.

    If it continues, I would see a doctor.

     
    Old 07-24-2015, 12:17 PM   #4
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    Re: Is the crick in my neck permanent?

    I would personally never see a chiropractor for anything that may be related to the cervical spine. The type of manipulations they do may be particularly dangerous to people with cervical spine issues (especially instability). I had several of these bouts like you describe on the way to the excruciating and debilitating pain and loss of ROM that led me to seek treatment last year. It turns out my cervical spine is kind of a mess with degeneration everywhere and plenty of stenosis. So, yes, I agree that if it doesn't go away soon (and maybe even if it does) I would see a doctor.

     
    Old 10-07-2015, 09:39 PM   #5
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    Re: Is the crick in my neck permanent?

    This sounds similar to what I have been experiencing since late July. I have had cervical x-rays done, but nothing showed up. I have been to physical therapy, which helped for a short time, but the problems came back. I also have sore areas on my shoulders.

     
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