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awful neck and shoulder pain!
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mariafm - November 8

My shoulders and neck are just so painfull and tight at the moment, this always seems to be my main symtom. It seems to get worse on the build up to my period, it causes such bad headaches. Hard when your single mum too, just interested if anyone has any recommended treatments for this, its making me feel soooo tired too. Got a heat pack on at the moment, but I can't be bothered to do anything. Can anyone help?


Stacey373 - November 8

Hi Mariafm - I also deal with neck and shoulder problems that cause constant headaches. My headaches get so bad that I usually end up in bed for several days.

It's always a guarantee that I'm going to get a bad headache when it's that time of the month. The ONLY thing I've found that has been some-what working for me is Progesterone Cream. I've tried every kind of birth control and my body just can't handle the hormones. I don't know what medications you are talk to your doctor before you try anything new. With the Progesterone cream you just rub a small amount on the backs of your knees or the inside of your elbows. This has worked good for me because it's such a small amount of hormones going into my body and I only use it for a few days a month.

Something else you can talk to your doctor about is getting some muscle relaxers. I take 2 Flexeril every night and I don't know how much they actually help....but it's worth a try, ya know?

One thing you can also try is taking ibuprofen. IF your headache is caused by inflammation that is pushing down on nerves...then Ibuprofen may help to relieve the inflammation.

Other than that, I don't know what to tell you. usually when I get a bad headache...nothing helps to relieve it. Sorry I couldn't be of more help...Take Care, Stacey :o)


kvc33 - November 9

This is a common place for pain, our heads weigh about 12 pounds and just holding it up all day can cause tension and pain. You might try wearing a neck collar for support. I know someone who did this and it helped with her headaches. Don't spend too much time on the computer. Lie down or stand instead of sitting when you can. Don't wait for the pain to show up, use a heat pack every day and a home massager.


toots2889 - November 9

Hello! Is it a headache your having or a migraine?
If your having migraines, ive been taking Topamax for quite sometime now. It works really well. I was getting them all the time, but now i take one in the morning and one at bedtime. I dont get headaches near as often as i use to. Good Luck.


mariafm - November 9

Thanks everyone some really good tips there. I wondered about the progest cream actually. I am new to this site so really appreciate your comments and ideas, I don't know anyone with this condition so its good to talk to other people about it! I had a reiki massage today felt wonderfulbut was a bit costly, she couldn't believe how bad my shoulders were!!


chefbeth - November 9

mariafm: I was just thinking about advising a massage. I'm glad you took care of yourself. I know it can be pricey...but so worth it. I have had a backache for over two weeks now and decided to get a 1-hour back massage and included some deep tissue (I can only tolerate a little, depending on the tender points). When the massage therapist was finished, she put a large, thick, hot towel accross my back and told me to relax for about 10 minutes. It was heavenly. I went home and relaxed the rest of the day, ate very light and guzzled water....Since then, even some of the depressed feelings have diminished.


HerRoyalHighness - November 10

Although exercising is probably the furthest thing from your mind right now, I have to tell you that my PT showed me some stretching and strengthening exercises that have helped somewhat with my shoulders, neck and upper back. It takes a while but you'll see improvement.



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