Neck pain

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Neck pain

Postby Konchog1 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:17 pm

My mom has been suffering from neck pain for awhile. So bad she can''t turn it. Any advice? Tibetan medicine or Ayurveda tips appreciated even more.
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Re: Neck pain

Postby Jikan » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:28 pm

I had similar problems over the last year (very limited range of movement, intense pain, numbness in the hands...), but steadily making a recovery through medical massage, chiropractic care, physical therapy, hatha yoga, and changes in posture and work habits. I had to get different shoes, different work furniture, different bedding &c. The good news is that the pain is nearly gone, the muscle spasms aren't coming back, I'm stronger in my upper body, I'm almost an inch taller as my posture has improved, and I can turn my head in all directions now.
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Re: Neck pain

Postby ronnewmexico » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:28 pm

Asumeing this is a somewhat elderly woman, the first thing I would suspect since it is nearly endemic in those of the west with a western diet..osteoperiosis.

AS the skeleton modifies to adapt to the changes so does the musculature, sometimes in a deterimental or pain producing fashion.
ASide from that one must look at prior injury...certainly a complete medical workup on this issue should be done. If it has not..perhaps it has.

One could offer I'd guess any number of remedies that will have some effect but I would question if that would get to the heart of the issue...what is really happening...response to injury osteoporisis, or what.

Just some bojo on the internet but I don't know....it seems this may first be a conventional medical issue then alternative medicine if normal remedy does not suffice...perhaps that is what is happening but that is unclear.

Has this been consulted to a MD?
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Re: Neck pain

Postby Jikan » Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:11 pm

ronnewmexico wrote:Asumeing this is a somewhat elderly woman, the first thing I would suspect since it is nearly endemic in those of the west with a western diet..osteoperiosis.

AS the skeleton modifies to adapt to the changes so does the musculature, sometimes in a deterimental or pain producing fashion.
ASide from that one must look at prior injury...certainly a complete medical workup on this issue should be done. If it has not..perhaps it has.

One could offer I'd guess any number of remedies that will have some effect but I would question if that would get to the heart of the issue...what is really happening...response to injury osteoporisis, or what.

Just some bojo on the internet but I don't know....it seems this may first be a conventional medical issue then alternative medicine if normal remedy does not suffice...perhaps that is what is happening but that is unclear.

Has this been consulted to a MD?


indeed. Before osteoperosis becomes obvious, cervical spondylosis can set in. Everyone gets it eventually, but some get it sooner than others.
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Re: Neck pain

Postby Konchog1 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:02 pm

ronnewmexico wrote:Asumeing this is a somewhat elderly woman, the first thing I would suspect since it is nearly endemic in those of the west with a western diet..osteoperiosis.

AS the skeleton modifies to adapt to the changes so does the musculature, sometimes in a deterimental or pain producing fashion.
ASide from that one must look at prior injury...certainly a complete medical workup on this issue should be done. If it has not..perhaps it has.

One could offer I'd guess any number of remedies that will have some effect but I would question if that would get to the heart of the issue...what is really happening...response to injury osteoporisis, or what.

Just some bojo on the internet but I don't know....it seems this may first be a conventional medical issue then alternative medicine if normal remedy does not suffice...perhaps that is what is happening but that is unclear.

Has this been consulted to a MD?
She's over 60 and hasn't asked a doctor about it for some reason. I just wanted to know something to help her at home.
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Neck pain

Postby ronnewmexico » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:23 pm

Not to get you to worry but continual neck pain can be symptomatic of some negative things. Rare but possible. It is a symptom the pain not a causitive issue.
Most probably it is just a muscular response of some kind but a continual pain of that sort has to be checked by a medical doctor.

Then perhaps alternative things after that or with that.
If osteoperosis related the meds are benign and only occasionally taken so it is no big deal. Muscle relaxants perhaps a ortheopod consultant perhaps chiropracty or if desired.... acupuncture for symptomatic relief. That'd be this bobo's guess.
Even alternative it is best to first know the cause by physical exam.
And go from there...that's my opinion.
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