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#230980 - 02/14/06 07:54 PM neck problems
northern_monkey Offline
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I went weight training for the first time just before new year, and while I was on the bench press I had a shooting pain go through the back of my neck. I proceeded to have a headache and it lasted all day. Now I know what you're thinking.. I had to much weight on, I pushed myself to hard for the first time and all that. Tell me something I don't know. I havenít been back since. Not for wanting to though, but whenever I do any resistance training now I get that same shooting pain and headache. Say if I decide to do some press ups. I can get to about thirty before the pain comes back. I know I could carry on but I have to stop and gather myself.

I've tried resting for a while (from resistance training), applying heat, ibuprofen gel + capsules. But it's still there restricting my performance. I've spoken to a friend of mine who weight trains a lot and he told me it happened to him on two occasions where he's pushed himself. Said it was like "a major head freeze from eating ice cream". He said it took him about three months before it was fully gone. I've seen a doctor about it. He was the one who suggested the ibuprofen gel, but I didn't notice any improvement.

I guess the reason I'm posting this thread is to find some alternative remedies or methods used to alleviate the problem. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#230981 - 02/14/06 08:21 PM Re: neck problems [Re: northern_monkey]
Borrek Offline
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when I started to answer my wife said "just ignore it, its valentines day!"

shows you I'm here too much =)

[try either a deep tissue massage at a local establishment, or go have a chiropractor set you back in place]


...and now she wants me to 'put the little flying horse'



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#230982 - 02/15/06 03:37 AM Re: neck problems [Re: northern_monkey]
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Could easily be a pinched nerve in your cervical spine. Go back to your doctor and explain it is no better, and ask him to refer you to a physiotherapist.
No disrespect to general practitioners, but they are the gateway to specialist help,not necessarily the in depth help you need on tap.

If it is a trapped nerve, then rest and rehabilitation are what is required, not working through it. Worse case scenario if ignored and made worse is that you will damage/rupture a disk in your neck and be out of action for months.

on a lighter note, it could be referred pain from muscle damage to the trapezius, or levator scapulae, but you simply wont know without proper diagnosis.
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#230983 - 02/15/06 04:41 PM Re: neck problems [Re: Cord]
HellHoundClan Offline
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Quote:

Could easily be a pinched nerve in your cervical spine. Go back to your doctor and explain it is no better, and ask him to refer you to a physiotherapist.
No disrespect to general practitioners, but they are the gateway to specialist help,not necessarily the in depth help you need on tap.

If it is a trapped nerve, then rest and rehabilitation are what is required, not working through it. Worse case scenario if ignored and made worse is that you will damage/rupture a disk in your neck and be out of action for months.

on a lighter note, it could be referred pain from muscle damage to the trapezius, or levator scapulae, but you simply wont know without proper diagnosis.




Definitely! Get yourself an MRI ASAP because treatment can take years or you end up like me on Morphine for the rest of my life since no other methods were effective. You want to try and get refferals for a pain center (physiatrist) or an orthpedic doctor. I hope you don't end up stuck doing IMA at home on Morphine like myself. Usually for this sort of thing they shoot steroids (anti-infammatory) in the epidural space of the spine where the injury is a few times a year. Regards!

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#230984 - 02/16/06 12:24 AM Re: neck problems [Re: Cord]
Dereck Offline
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Quote:

Could easily be a pinched nerve in your cervical spine. Go back to your doctor and explain it is no better, and ask him to refer you to a physiotherapist.
No disrespect to general practitioners, but they are the gateway to specialist help,not necessarily the in depth help you need on tap.

If it is a trapped nerve, then rest and rehabilitation are what is required, not working through it. Worse case scenario if ignored and made worse is that you will damage/rupture a disk in your neck and be out of action for months.

on a lighter note, it could be referred pain from muscle damage to the trapezius, or levator scapulae, but you simply wont know without proper diagnosis.




I'm with Cord on this one as well as I am a walking living example. My GP could not figure it out even after looking at my X-Rays. Then I went to a Sports Doctor and with my symptoms and looking at the exact same X-Rays he could immediately tell I had crushed vertebrea and determined I had a disc sticking out that was up against nerves causing tingling and loss of feeling in my right chest, right hand/arm/fingers. With a MRI this confirmed it and though the disc has dehydrated and pulled back so I have that feeling again, my neck has not changed and without medication the pain sometimes can be unbareable ... not to mention I haven't stopped working out or doing martial arts. I however adapt to this and try to work around it.

I waited too long with my GP's recommendations and that set me back. You may find that it is something simple but take it from me, I would rather know 100% that this is what it is then play the guessing game and guess wrong.

Move along now and go back and ask questions and ask for a referral. Remember it is your life to live and your pain to bare, not your doctors.
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#230985 - 02/17/06 08:35 PM Re: neck problems [Re: northern_monkey]
northern_monkey Offline
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Registered: 05/15/05
Posts: 25
thanks for the feedback chaps, i think i'm going to see my doctor again and tell him it's still there and if he can refer me to someone who nows what to do. I read an article in the local today about a Chiropractor who runs a clininc not far from me. I'll give him a ring and see what he suggests as well.

Thanks again.

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#230986 - 02/18/06 12:18 PM Re: neck problems [Re: northern_monkey]
Dereck Offline
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Registered: 10/04/04
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Loc: Great White North
WARNING: See your doctor first and be referred to somebody before you ever decide to see a Chiropractor. I'm not a big Chiropractor person but when I initially did not get relief from my GP I almost considered going to one. Thankfully I didn't and went to a Sports Doctor and found out I had crushed vertebrae with a disc sticking out. By visiting a Chiropractor I would have been in far worse pain and things could have got worse. My Sports Doctor believes Chiropractors are effective in certain areas but for my problem I was lucky I didn't go this avenue. Find out first what is wrong before doing this. PLEASE.
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