When should neck pain be cause for concern?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-21-2007
When should neck pain be cause for concern?
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Sun, 02-19-2012 - 4:51pm

Hi,

I am a 24 year old female,overall good health. The last say 4 or 5 days I've had pain in my neck, at the base of my skull. Almost feels like the kind of pain/discomfort associated with the flu.It just started one night out of nowhere

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 11:40am

Hi Pink! I am sorry you are having this neck pain. Personally, I think any pain that lasts that long, is interfering with sleep, and almost brings you to tears is probably worth investigating with a doctor. Whether or not you decide to go, please keep us updated on how you are doing.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-21-2007
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 9:00pm

Hi,thanks for the reply.

I went into the Doctor today, she could tell just by squeezing my shoulders and back of neck, my muscles are super super tight.She was actually surprised at how tight they are. She determined my discomfort is from my spine being crooked. Which I new about already, it's been that way since I was born obviously....so now I have physio and massage, luckily my bf's benifits fully cover it 100%, so i made an appointment for this thursday. I am a little nervous, as just from her squeezing my shoulders it was extremely painful, and I am in even more discomfort now from that than I was earlier before the appointment. So we'll see how thursday goes.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-24-2009
Tue, 02-21-2012 - 3:24pm

Best of luck with the appointment, Pink!

My only experience with physio and massage wasn't because of a spine problem, but after a shoulder injury. However, the resulting muscle tightness was similar. So I just wanted to encourage you to stick with it, even though it is likely to hurt more following the first few sessions. It gets better after that, when you learn to avoid certain ways of moving and carrying yourself, and the massage part of it starts to work out long-ingrained tightness in your muscles.




Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Tue, 02-21-2012 - 5:38pm

I am glad to hear that you went. Physical therapy and massage should help you, but don't expect to feel better immediately. You may find the first treatments uncomfortable because of the muscle tightness, but that should lessen as the muscles begin to relax. Like Maureen says, stick with it. It is great that your insurance covers it all!