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Are Pillows Bad For Your Neck
Absolutely: Over or under extension of the neck, sleeping with the neck in a funny position, anything that keeps the neck in a less than neutral position can cause stiffness, with the pillow a likely suspect ...Read more
I was working out 5x's a week. Since stopping a month ago I have had tense neck, can it be related? I am on computer more & know my pillows are bad.
Neck strain: I believe you are answering your own question. Yes, most certainly it could be related, as well as computer use, especially if not at eye level or not using a flat pillow. Try an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the area of discomfort for 15 minutes on and 45 minutes off for the next two days, naproxen or ibuprofen if not allergic and no kidney or liver failure, and gentle neck stretches. ...Read more
I have very bad neck pain for the past couple weeks when I wake up and throughout my day. I thought maybe if I removed pillows and just slept without it .. It would solve my neck pains. But unfortunately it hasn't stopped and have had it all day long. Ev
I've had a bad migraine for 17 days now and it hurts all the way to the back of my neck makes it stiff And it hurts to even lay my head on my pillow?
Migraine: 17 days is too long! Get evaluated and treated so at the least the migraine pain goes away, then get worked up and have a discussion with Dr. on all the triggers you can avoid that may cause headaches and assure you get diagnosed and counseled on how to best treat them. Good luck. ...Read more
Woke up after sleeping on bad pillow with terrible neck pain and pain when turning head, side of head hurts too, what type of doctor should I see?
Constant neck shoulder back pain numb arms stiffness for 6 months. Ive changed pillow mattress I do yoga and stretches no help. Is it bad posture?
Is not bad posture: you should have CT oh head and spine to find cause of problem ...Read more
I have a really bad head temp sore throat nausea and my body is hurting can't get my head of the pillow as it hurts too much?
Dr. can evaluate: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may be used for influenza), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. A person might see a doctor if the sore throat is very painful or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat and influenza). Influenza (the flu) can cause a big headache, which the Dr. can check. ...Read more
Yes : If you get worse pain this pillow is not good for check other kids there are a lot of them. ...Read more
I have tried a few pillows but none seem to work. I am small and have a long neck... What's a really good pillow?
Pillow: Any pillow that you feel comfortable.Get a more detailed answer ›
My huabands neck has been hurting for a couple days at the base. Could this be from his pillow or something wrong?
Pain in neck: Neck pain can be due to sleeping on it wrong - as you suspect. Also, by propping your head with a pillow, these symptoms can be magnified. Occipital neuralgia is one cause. It is due to whiplash injury or neck arthritis. Certainly straining the muscles of neck due to heavy lifting or inordinate exertion could be responsible. If this persists, pursue thorough and careful neurological examination. ...Read more
Opening toward front: The pillow opening should face toward the front. ...Read more
What works for you: There is no science behind mattresses and pillows. Just lots of sales pitches. Find one that works for you and seems comfortable. Most mattress stores will allow you to return a mattress within a few weeks time if it is really uncomfortable for you. Pillows should support your neck at a neutral angle. Personally, i've found the shaped pillows from brookstone work great. ...Read more
Pillow support: You can actually go to a pillow store around you. I think there is one in monroe you can try out certain pillows and see what works the best for you. Everyone's needs are different. Good luck. ...Read more
I can't help you: with pillows or their placement, but if you are having issues with posture, spine alignment, etc. I recommend that you take up yoga. Very helpful in reinforcing good posture, strengthening your core and counteracting effects from slouching, bad posture using computer, watching tv, etc. ...Read more
Is it good to take one of those bucky pillows on a flight, or does that mess up your neck even more?
It depends : In general, i would be hesitant to accept any advice that recommends a particular brand of pillow. What you should aim for is a pillow that provides enough support to be comfortable but which doesn't bend your neck too far. You should make a personal decision on what would allow you to rest comfortably on a flight vs. What is worth lugging along. ...Read more
What do you advise if i sprained my neck almost two months ago and i've experiencedlong. Will a neck pillow be good enough for support?
See Spine Specialist: Often it takes more than one epidural injection to help with pain. Also you could be having pain from your facet joints so consider evaluating these as sources for your pain and treatment options such as facet joint injections or radiofrequency ablation. Lastly although not covered by insurance stem cell therapies have been helpful in healing tissues as well. ...Read more
I sweated last night, just from head to neck, DID NOT drench my pillow, just enough for me to wipe it off. Possible causes aside from a hot room?
Hard to say: Difficult to say, you may have to try several. Temperpedic options have gained popularity recently. ...Read more
Pain in the Neck: Neck pain and stiffness can result from improper alignment and positioning of your cervical spine (neck vertebra) at night. A simple rule of thumb is to select a comfortable pillow that places your neck in a neutral position (i.e., no extreme bending or twisting). Since sleeping on your belly tends to promote excessive neck rotation and extension, sleeping on your back or sides is preferable. ...Read more
Give the Boppy a try: Give the Boppy a try or another pillow combination. ...Read more
Slept in coach on overnight flight. Major pain in neck next day. Would bucky or pillow be better next time?
It depends : In general, i would be hesitant to accept any advice that recommends a particular brand of pillow. What you should aim for is a pillow that provides enough support to be comfortable but which doesn't bend your neck too far. You should make a personal decision on what would allow you to rest comfortably on a flight. Focus on keeping your neck straight, and not bent, with your head comfortable. ...Read more
Facial and neck swelling that relates to the side i lay down on example lay with left side on the pillow left side swells ?
Face swelling: It sounds like something is causing excess fluid in the tissues of the face and neck, which moves with gravity to the lowest side when you lay down and still. Causes may include allergic reactions, infections of the teeth or sinuses, kidney disease, blockages to the veins in the neck, etc. If this finding persists more than a day or two, get it checked out by a physician. ...Read more
I have pain in left side neck at the time of sleeping but full day no pain ; pain is not too much.I am using small pillow also..Any excercise dr.
I get a stiff neck/shoulder about once a month. The pain decreases lasts a week.Changing pillows has not helped. What other reasons can cause this?
Neuritis: sometimes there can be nerve irritation in the spine, in this case the cervical region. may want to see your doctor and have x-ray/MRI to see if there is possible disc/pressure on nerves coming out from that part of your spine.Also could be due to tension /stress that will give upper back/ neck spasms ...Read more
What's a "neck pillow"? It looks exactly like the shape of a normal pillow for the fieldcrest memory foam one i saw. Can I use it for side sleeping?
Use what's comfy: There's no official definition of "neck pillow" although if you do a quick online search, you'll see similar ideas as to what manufacturers advertise as one. It's up to you to use what feels comfortable to you for whatever position you like to sleep in. The only wrong pillow to use is one after which you wake up sore rather than refreshed the next morning. ...Read more
My neck is often bent forwards and my posture is terrible, is it safe to stop using my pillow? Will this correct my posture?Why do we even use pillows
No pillow is OK: Pillows are for comfort and were probably first used to relieve the pressure on the head when we slept on hard floors. It is not dangerous generally to not use pillows. If your neck is bent and posture is not right, make a conscious effort to sleep with your neck straight and your body in a better posture. If you stick with it, it will gradually become easier. ...Read more