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Posted by: Bill | 2006/07/18

Stiff neck

I have always suffered from time to time of a stiff neck caused by the position I sleep, on my stomach with my head turned to either side (change positions during the night).

In May I went away for the weekend, and slept on a very hard pillow. By the end of the weekend my neck was very stiff and I had to go on a course of anti-inflammotories, which helped for a while. It's now halh way through July, and I still have a stiff neck when I turn it towards either sholder. If I have a sudden movement, then it sends a shock of pain down my neck.

My question is, should I have it attended to eg physio, or continue taking anti inflam/spasm tablets. I know the stiffness is related to the way I sleep, but the stiff neck is geeting beyond a joke, and my wife says I must have it attended to.

Your comments will be appreciated.

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Our expert says:
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Medication alone may only serve to relieve your symptoms. Your sleeping habits are wrong and you definitely need advice and care from an expert in this field - such as a chiropractor. A visco-lastic pillow will probably be your best "sleeping partner" - and DO NOT SLEEP on your stomach !!! On your side. or on your back !!!

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