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A pain in the neck!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Yep, that is what I have been waking up to for like 2 weeks. I sleep on my stomach and use an almost flat pillow...but for some reason lately I wake up with such a stiff neck. Thank goodness I have some arthritis non-smelly cream that I put on and also a neck wrap think that I warm in the microwave that I wrap around my neck in the morning. I know I should learn to sleep on my side or back. I am a bad sleeper and suffer from insomnia so I hate to think about having to learn to sleep on my back but I guess I might have to give it a go. I do try and fall asleep on my side but somehow always end up on my stomach. I have also fallen asleep on my back but somehow end up again on my stomach. I guess I could put pillows around me on my sides to perhaps help me not roll onto my stomach. Oh well, I will have to figure something out. My DH hates the smell of any bengay or cream that stinks like "old people" so thank goodness I have some non-smelly stuff that I brought from the states. I will need to get more when I go back. Geez, the saying getting old is not for sissy is so true. Always seems to be some new ache or pain. Oh well, I seem to get moving just the same and will get those doggies out for their walk soon.
I do hope all my sparks friends have a great Sunday.
I know many of you have changed your clocks. We don't do that here in Mexico until April 7th.
Have a terrific Sunday!
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    I couldn't sleep on my stomach my breasts would get it the way and OUCH!
    1897 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your neck problems.
    Let's hope the rubbing gel gives some relief.
    We are at this point of our lives where we
    will start feeling aches and pains wvery once
    in a while. Maturity they say. Feel better soon.
    Have a great week. emoticon
    1897 days ago
    Sorry to here you are having problems with your neck. I find tht sleeping on my side gives my body relief. If I lay on my stomach everything seems to get out of line . Hubby cn sleep on his stomach and not effect him. If you feel that there is some swelling in your neck use some cold or ice on it as it will relieve the pain
    1897 days ago
    Maybe you need one of those special pillows.
    1898 days ago
    I have a water pillow it is awesome,it has a valve in the pillow I can have as much or as little water in my pill0w as I want. I bought it for $40.00 at the physical therapist, best thing I did for my neck.I lay on my side & helps me t stay there. Do you have Asper cream in Mexico?/ It is an odorless product & a lot of my customers like it. Your husband should not care how anything smells when you are hurting & a product is helping you & not to label it as an old peoples remedy because of the smell.One day it may be him reaching for a smelly product, & finds it helps him!!!!
    1898 days ago
    Hope the neck gets to feeling better. HUGs
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  • MISSM66
    Sallie that is the worst thing you can do is to sleep on your stomach,it's not good you can also get back pain from that too,sometimes that happen to me and when it happen I get a back pain,take care of your neck, emoticon emoticon good luck and hope you feel better soon
    1898 days ago
    I'm so sorry, Sallie!

    That's a wretched problem - I get it, too - and it leads to such unrefreshing, unrewarding sleep at night. I wonder if you could have it checked out by an orthopedist...and maybe they could suggest a special pillow or physical therapy for you. In the area of the cervical vertebrae, it's not uncommon for people our age to get arthritis and/or herniated disks at the C-6 or C-7 level. I have that (an MRI revealed the disc bulging). Nothing had to be done, but I was prescribed some physical therapy for the neck which took away the growing stiffness I was getting. Usually, it's not too painful, but yes, it's a real pain in the neck emoticon
    1898 days ago
    Aww sorry to hear about your neck pain. I sleep on my left side and that's the side that I have the most arthritis in. Some day I'll learn to sleep on my back or right side. I haven't slept on my stomach in years. It hurts my lower back, kind of weird.

    Hope you feel better soon!


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  • MIRAGE727
    I hate when that happens. I love my goose down pillow as it gives me some security but the inevitable will happen! Wishing you nothing but "golden slumbers" in the future, Sallie!
    1898 days ago
    i would get it checked hun, sleeping like that could do untold damage.
    You can get mircrowave-able gel packs now to place in a neck roll that is heaven for a stiff neck. I used to use them for my dystonia when it was bad. Try to counteract it with some gentle stretches during the day.

    I'll send you some links by sparkmail! Easier for you to access then rather than copying and pasting! emoticon
    1898 days ago
    Hasn't he gone north yet?

    Can you get a massage on your neck this week?
    Hope it clears up soon.

    I sleep on my side (always the same one so my face is more wrinkled on that side)- it's the only way I can breathe well- must be some deviated septum in there or something.

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    1898 days ago
    Wow! Surprised you have not had more problems with your neck when you sleep on your stomach. I just finished the brain MRI etc. to find it is all about not getting sufficient blood to the brain. I haven't been able to sleep on my stomach since I was a little girl, because of my neck. I even have a special pillow that I buy from my chiropractor. Hope you find what works for you and you are feeling better soon. emoticon
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  • LIS193
    Sorry to hear about your neck pain - hope you find a solution, maybe a different pillow or no pillow.
    No time change in Sonora - they stick to AZ time :)
    1898 days ago
    I'm glad you've found something that works for you! Yes, sleeping seems to become more problematic as we get older. emoticon
    1898 days ago
    so sorry for the pain it is weird that you always sleep like that and it never hurt before. watch the way you walk your dog. i had back of shoulder pain for awhile and found it was mischa my white American eskimo dog pulling on the leash causing it. now i hold leash in my other hand. I also noticed when i sit and read on one couch my neck kills but not another. pay attention during the day how you are holding your neck and shoulder posture it may have some other cause that will be an easier fix than changing the way you sleep. hugs
    1898 days ago
    Sorry you are having neck pains. I had them bad during tax season when I worked as an accountant. Had to go to a chiro to keep me going. Now I just have to monitor how much computer time I spend, and pace the knitting and reading with breaks. Being active helps. Good luck on changing your sleep patterns. That is hard to do. I feel for you.
    1898 days ago
    Oh, so sorry you are going through this. I have problems with my shoulders, especially the one I sleep on, so don't know that making yourself change sleeping positions, if it is possible after all these years, will help you.

    I finally mentioned the pain to my doctor and he had x-rays taken and confirmed I do have arthritis in both shoulders, the one that hurts the most is the worst. Ugh. So, I'm playing with my foods, NSAIDS, exercise, etc., trying to improve my sleep; it only hurts bad when I wake up (at night, adding to the insomnia, and feel like someone has ripped my arms off :-)
    1898 days ago
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