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Best Way To Sleep With A Sore Neck
Avoid stomach: Usually sleeping on one's stomach will aggravate neck and/or back pain. Lying on your side with a small pillow under your head and with your hips and knees drawn up into your body is the best position. Some people will use a pillow between their knees. If on your back, a pillow under your knees can also help. Also check the status of your mattress. ...Read more
Sore neck: Try a rolled up towel under neck or a cervical pillow. ...Read more
I slept "wrong" and woke up achy with a sore neck/back. What can I do for relief & to ensure that I sleep more comfortably?
Neck/ back pain.: Some things you can try at home for back pain include a warm shower with the water aimed at your back, a heating pad (insure that you don’t get burned), stretching & Tylenol or NSAID’s. If your pain is severe or chronic, a medical evaluation would be prudent. Acupuncture & massage can be beneficial for some types of back pain. ...Read more
Sore neck since last year but recently worse, only way to get rid is sleep. When press can hear cracky noise. What can I do to help? (exams soon+stress)
I woke up with a sore neck and numb head from the position I was sleeping in. Did this position cause lack of blood flow? Brain damage?
You probably pinched your occipital nerve which does not affect blood flow. I would get a better pillow, only sleep one one pillow and if you have no stomach problems try some ibuprofen 600 MG very 6 hours for a few days.
If you have had any sort of injury, whiplash or head injury in the past you should see a dr and be examined. ...Read more
Why is the neck sore: The best approach would be to determine the cause of soreness and address the etiology. You may try warm compresses, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Regular aerobic exercise is generally good for maintaining the health of muscles, ligaments and bones and is a good preventive measure against musculo-skeletal pain. ...Read more
You have various: Options. Most conservative first is to start with stretching, yoga, massage, warm showers. If these don't work, you can add a combination of Acetaminophen and ibuprophen three times a day with food and water for a few days. There after and if no response, I would consider adding a muscle relaxant such as Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) to the regimen. Good luck! ...Read more
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absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back may be optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. If you sleep on your back a puffy pillow which provides support but doesn’t put your neck at too much of an angle is recommended. Sleeping on the side can also. ...Read more
Hard to say: Need more info on this one. Are you exercising the trap especially, or is it happening along with other exercise, or none at all? Often heat and NSAIDS like ibuprofen will help along with careful stretching. If not due to specific exercise which you can alter, then may be best to see massage therapist to loosen. Common to have this extend to those areas. Check angle of neck when sleeping. Good Luck ...Read more
Best ways to alleviate tight shoulders, sore neck & headache caused by leaning over phone/computer too much (aka "text neck")?
No appetite so fainted twice and hit head hard on floor both times. Have a headache, neck ache and saw stars, can I sleep and go hospital tomorrow?
You should go ER: Sounds like you are dehydrated and weak from not eating and drinking. You should go get checked tonight and get treated. ...Read more
What are best sleep position (s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?
Fell asleep on sofa on a hard pillow woke up with neck and head quick shooting pain now just got neck ache trapped or pinched nerve?
Neck strain: Neck strain commonly occurs with poor posture. Some cases cause muscle spasm and even nerve irritation that can take longer to treat. Relative rest, ice in the first 24 hours and gentle range of motion exercises are appropriate. If symptoms persist then consultation with a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist would be appropriate. ...Read more
As always, use of:
Good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more
Posture: You may want to try applying moist heat to your neck 2-3 times per day and start a short course of anti-inflammatory such as advil or aleve (naproxen). Make sure you have a good lumbar support if you sit in a chair several hours per day. This will help with posture and will reduce stress on the neck. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks or worsens I recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read more
CervicogenicHeadache: Most headache disorders are accompanied occasionally, and sometimes frequently, by neck pain. Conversely, most disorders related to anatomic disturbances of the cervical spine have an element of headache associated with them. See your PCP for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for other options to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read more
If I have a sore neck how long should I wait to go back to swimming? Is it okay to swim with a sore neck?
Wait till resolves: Swimming involves a fair amount of extension and rotation of the neck, both of which can potentially aggravate it. The safest thing would be to wait until your neck soreness resolves and only then gradually resume your swimming. If symptoms persist, don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more
On and off headace all week. Never get them could if be due to stess got sore neck too had that for weeks sick of going docs and them do nothing ever?
Head aches: Headaches are hard to treat, as there are many causes. A good Neurologist specializing in head aches may be needed by you, since your frustrated with not getting the needed relief you are searching for. Try a warm compress to your neck, stress relief with meditation, yoga, warm soothing baths and soft music and Ibuprofen over the counter until you can assure the right dr sees you. ...Read more
I have a headache and sore neck, help? I'd like to add that I've had this sore neck since July 7th, and the headache since yesterday, after the beach.
Symptoms are vague: Your description of things is really pretty vague for us to do much with the information except to say that if it persists you should see a doctor for a physical examination. Certainly seems that the neck pain and headache are 2 separate entities but then, again it really depends on what the neck pain is all about. Gotta see your doctor.......see what I mean? ...Read more
Anti-inflammatory: You may want to try applying moist heat to your neck 2-3 times per day and start a short course of anti-inflammatory such as advil or aleve (naproxen). Make sure you have a good lumbar support if you sit in a chair several hours per day. This will help with posture and will reduce stress on the neck. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks or worsens I recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read more
Will it be safe to go help a friend with lifting and do physical work if I have a stiff sore neck, upper?
A GOOD IDEA AT ALL!
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more
I woke up with a very sore neck on my side a week ago and though it's a lot better, it's still stiff. What is this?
Common: It's very common to wake up with pain in your neck. It takes 7-10 days to get better but chiropractic treatment can help. ...Read more
I have been waking up with a sore neck and back for the last 3 weeks. It's not my bed cause I have slept in another bed in this 3 weeks.?
Sleeep: You may not be sleeping At an adequate level. Try taking Aleeve PM for 7 to 10 days ...Read more