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Need advice for whacked neck...shirt
Jul 30, 2002 9:16 AM
Sunday morning I woke up and my neck was extremely stiff and sore. I couldn't move my head around very well so I didn't ride. By the evening, I couldn't look down. I took 2 ibuprofens and went to bed.

Monday, same deal. Today it took me an hour to get out of bed for the pain. It's like a nerve is tweaked and the muscles (back left) are locked up. I try to stretch it, but it doesn't seem to help much. My wife massages it but that doesn't provide any relief, either.

Chiropractors make me nervous. My bike is getting dusty. Any advice gratefully considered.

/shirt
find a "good" chiroColnagoFE
Jul 30, 2002 9:27 AM
there are good and bad ones just like MDs. Maybe one who specializes in sports injuries--ask around at your LBS maybe? A 'bad' MD will likely just treat the symptoms rather than address the real cause. A good PT might be able to help as well.
Cure = stretching + massage + timeKerry
Jul 30, 2002 5:24 PM
That's what you can do yourself, or have a PT or chiropractor do it. I had one of these, and babied it for a couple of weeks with only minimal improvement. Then I forced myself to do stretches (which hurt) and then I started to improve quickly.
You're rightshirt
Jul 30, 2002 6:14 PM
I did a bunch of stretching this afternoon, which hurt, and already have some improvement.

Getting old sucks.

/shirt
Naperson..... Naproxin Sodium ......... good stuffJohnG
Jul 31, 2002 6:20 AM
You can get this over-the-counter (Alleve, generic) or a script. If you use over the counter, take 2 initially and then followup with 1 every 4-6 hours. This stuff is a miracle drug for strains/tension.

JohnG
ibuprofen works better for me (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 31, 2002 9:04 AM
Dude, I'll trade you... ;-)lonefrontranger
Jul 31, 2002 3:16 PM
one whacked neck for one busted collarbone.

Try one of those orthopedic pillows, or barring that use a rolled-up towel under your neck for a few days until it loosens up. I have the "neck seize" thing happen a couple times; the last time it did it I came down with the flu a few days later. Chiropractors scare me too; I'd sooner go to a good massage therapist who's strong enough to get in deep where the real knots are.

FYI a discovery was made by my new orthopod in my follow-up yesterday. The good news is that there's no shoulder separation and no hip damage. The bad news is that in addition to the collarbone, I also have a broken rib up underneath the shoulderblade. Grrrr! No wonder I can't sleep comfortably in ANY position. I'm still popping Percosets like Tic-Tacs and not liking it much. I've built an enormous pillow fortress in the guest bed and kicked the SO out (poor guy) - still can't sleep unless I wham myself with the Percoset. I hate taking this stuff and it worries me that I've gone through 40 tabs in a week.

How scary is this? My new orthopod (also a cyclist) has an identical set of broken bones to mine, including the nasty dual set of scars on his left forearm. Oh, well - at least he's sympathetic and didn't tell me not to ride the bike for six months or some dumb *** like that.

Hope you feel better shirt my man. Hate to think of you looking like Quasimodo.
watch out for the percocet!ColnagoFE
Aug 1, 2002 6:21 AM
i think i took it for about a week when i broke my scapula. i coulda gotten a refill, but i didn't because i liked the stuff too much. it also plays havoc with your digestive system--nuff said on that. have you asked the doc for any non-narcotic alternatives?
I look like Quasimodo all the timeshirt
Aug 1, 2002 11:45 AM
I've been stretching a lot the last two days. Very painful, but I'm making a lot of progress. I can actually look over my right shoulder now, sort of. :-|

I know how you feel trying to sleep with broken bones. It's no fun at all! One reason I'm racing bicycles now is cuz of too many crashes road racing motorcycles. The worst part is trying to sleep with a broken bone; and I found that there is no formula or amount of sleeping/pain pills that can help. I too would be a little nervous at the amount of Percs you're popping. Probably better to lose a bit of sleep than get too used to that shaid.

/shirt
re: Need advice for whacked neck...godot
Aug 1, 2002 9:08 AM
I've been battling the same problem. Going to a massage therapist and having them focus on just that will help. I went to my doc, he gave me a referral for some Physical Therapy. The therapy itself has helped a lot, the stretches the PT gave me to do at home are great (just make sure you do them), he also gave me some suggestions on everyday stuff (sleeping, setting up my work space, etc).

If you have insurance I would highly recommend physical therapy. If not, stretching is probably your best bet. www.howtostretch.com may have some info for you.

Hope you get back on the road, pain free soon...