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Neck pain!

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Neck pain!

Postby Minilady » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:29 pm

Does anyone know about neck braces? I have FM and moderate degenerative changes in my neck and am living with pain and stiffness on a daily basis. :roll: My phsio recommended I don't use one but feel the support may be of some benefit to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated x
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Re: Neck pain!

Postby denys » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:58 pm

Its generally felt that you should not use these as they allow the neck muscles to weaken leading to greater problems in the long run, try heat on your neck or a TENS machine that may give you a little bit of relief
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Re: Neck pain!

Postby Minilady » Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:17 pm

Thanks for your reply. I have tried heat but only get temporary relief. Will look into a Tens machine though!
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Re: Neck pain!

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:18 pm

Generally a neck brace should only be worn/used under the instruction of a doctor/specialist for a specific problem/condition. There are various types of brace, from soft ones thru to rigid ones that can go down the body to keep the head and neck completely still, and each of them is used for different problems, injuries etc. Using the wrong brace for a problem can cause additional problems which may be even more difficult to deal with and resolve than the original one was.

You would initially need to see your GP about whether one might be helpful to you, and you would probably need to undergo tests, scans etc to see if one is needed, as well as having to see someone about having one made to fit you if necessary. Source of my info.....a broken neck due to an RTC which needed fusing together, time on skull traction, and then a series of specially made braces and collars over a number of months until the break had healed.


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Re: Neck pain!

Postby TATT » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:30 am

That's good advice from Fluppypuffy, I do wear one in the car as passenger as my head tends to bob around a lot and it kicks off the pain.

My neck has damaged to some of the bony bits in it. Haha having a fibro day today, my neck gets so bad at times that the saying your a pain in the neck I really get now. I find that using a computer or driving can set it off so try being mindfull of the postion of your neck throughout the day. I have terrible posture but try to correct it before the bad pain kicks in. I spen a lot of time lying down because my coyycxx bone hurts and I have fatigue. So my neck gets a lot of pressure on it from the cushions I lay on. So try and be more mindful of how your using your neck and what positions it gets in. It helps me
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Re: Neck pain!

Postby Minilady » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:37 pm

Many thanks for your advice!
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Re: Neck pain!

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Re: Neck pain!

Postby Minilady » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:44 pm

Thanks for your suggestions,Carolad. My physio said my posture was ok but have wondered about trying to sleep flat.
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Re: Neck pain!

Postby whoami » Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:25 am

Years ago I had a fracture in my neck. Since it was not a full break, I wore a brace for a very short time. I could not turn my head for over a year without severe pain. I was told the less time the better.

I used a contour pillow until it healed. Now I have a very soft pillow I can mold to my needs.

Talk to your Dr and get his advice. I would think he would want to send you to as specialist.
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