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Hurt my neck.

Kari85

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I struggle with tension in my neck and shoulders on a regular basis. I’m just someone that carries my stress in that area of my body. About a week ago I decided to to some stretches. I really didn’t do too much but over the next few days I started developing pain and stiffness. It’s been 6 days now with no relief. The muscles are so tight and inflamed. I’m experiencing mild dizziness and all over fatigue. I’ve had daily tension headaches and trouble sleeping. Does this sound like a muscle strain or something more serious? I went to my chiropractor and that just seemed to aggravate things. How long does something like this take to heal? I’m very worried that the inflammation will cause an aneurism or stroke.
 

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It can take some time to heal. I know your pain, I've been through this many times. It may clear up after a day or two, but it can sometimes linger for over a week (for me). Do some light stretching, as much as you can comfortably tolerate, and rest it.
 

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That sounds terrible! I struggle with neck pain as well and have woken up without the ability to turn my head more than an inch or so. I’ve found that often times stretching can help only to a point and deep relaxation is actually much more effective for chronic pain from holding patterns and such. Have you ever tried yoga nidra? It’s a deep relaxation that translates roughly to “yogic sleep” I bet there are some on YouTube but if you need help finding some or want guided meditations that are just for relaxing and not focusing LMK!
 

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Thank you for replying. I’m very impatient. So anything that doesn’t improve within a couple of days really gets my anxiety going. I can deal with the pain. The dizziness and headaches are what’s really driving me crazy.

I have tried yoga nidra for other things. I’ll give it a try for this! Thanks again!
 

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I hope it helps! Most anxiety is perceived through the body, so having pain in the body lead to anxiety, especially when the pain is prolonged, makes so much sense biologically. You’re not broken, remember that. <3
 
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