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Old 12-18-2007, 10:55 AM
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pulled muscle - advice?

so i twisted my neck really badly last night, and when I woke up this morning I could barely turn my head around or use my right arm without it hurting like crazy.

I think I may have pulled a muscle in my neck, I can feel a knot in it near the top of my shoulder blade. I have already dosed up on some ibuprofen, problem is I am right at the end of finals and have about 20 pages that I need to type out today; sitting in front of the computer really hurts

does anyone have any good tricks to make this manageable? just using the mouse hurts like a *&tch cuz its on my right side.

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Old 12-18-2007, 11:11 AM
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ice ice and ice....

if you have a muscle knot, the tissue around the knot is very inflamed. ibuprofen will help manage the pain and bring down the swelling a bit.

since you are writing a paper, i can't imagine that you will be able to get in for a massage.

but try and get up at least once every half hour, walk, and stretch. it is really hard to describe stretches.

but try some of these: Yoga Stretches at Your Desk - Yoga Stretches at Work
Seated Stretch for the Back, Shoulders and Neck

and drink lots of water!!
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thanks.

ice huh? i was thinking about getting one of those heat pads... would that be bad?
i tried yoga stretches this morning and it hurt too bad...
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Aw Julia,

Roll a towel up and make a log pillow to place under your neck. Lie down on the ground or a firm bed. Take some deep breaths and try to relax your neck muscles. It might be a little painful but should help temporarily.

I would take 2 full doses of Aleve (Naproxin). It is the best stuff for back and neck issues and should help with the pain. If you woke up with this pain, you should consider getting a new pillow. The pillow maybe too shallow to support your neck.

Ice will help as well.
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This is what some runners do and I know this time of year it sounds excruciating. You take an ice bath...fill the tub with cold water and ice and just chill (haha) in there. It helps with muscle cramps better than hot water, actually. So maybe you could fill the sink and put your head in it. I know, it sounds awesome haha...but I did it with my feet when I had really bad cramps in my ankles and it worked.

Also, try ibuprofen or a similar anti-inflammatory. But not on an empty stomach!
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^good example! people often thing that they should soak in hot water when they are sore, and actually you should ice because your muscles are inflammed.

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thanks.

ice huh? i was thinking about getting one of those heat pads... would that be bad?
i tried yoga stretches this morning and it hurt too bad...
breathe through any yoga excercises. it is all about the breath.

and yes, ice is always better when muscles are inflammed.
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This is what some runners do and I know this time of year it sounds excruciating. You take an ice bath...fill the tub with cold water and ice and just chill (haha) in there. It helps with muscle cramps better than hot water, actually. So maybe you could fill the sink and put your head in it. I know, it sounds awesome haha...but I did it with my feet when I had really bad cramps in my ankles and it worked.

Also, try ibuprofen or a similar anti-inflammatory. But not on an empty stomach!
omg. lol. it is so cold here i dont think any amount of pain will make me stick my head in ice water...

bla. it still hurts like a and i am once again going to be typing at the computer all day. I think I will try the rolled towel thing; thanks guys!
tomorrow night when all my finals are over i will deal with it, right now it is just me trying to work without getting so stiff i cant move.

thanks for the advice! now to get some self-control and find some ice....
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