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Neck Pain


#1

I've been experiencing a problem that, when I lift (any lift, really, though it's more pronounced on heavy lifts), after a few reps I start to develop a throbbing pain originating at the base of my neck. When I stop, it persists for a few minutes, then gradually fades. This started last Friday, and the only lifting that I've done since then has been to try to figure out if there's anything that I can do that won't hurt. (So far, it's just external rotations).

I had this happen previously last January, and I saw my physician about it. She said that it was probably because of a strained muscle, and put me on Flexiril and told me to take 10 days off. I did, and when I resumed training, I didn't have any issues until now.

I'm going to be taking the next couple of weeks off travelling anyway, but I wondered if anyone has experienced similar problems, and if there's anything I can do to avoid this in the future.


#2

This may be a stretch but...

I used to tweak a muscle or nerve in my neck quite bit, especially when I was doing heavy military. I read somewhere (10 years ago or so) that pressing your tounge to the roof of your mouth would take pressure off some of those muscles when straining. I haven't had any trouble since, and continue to do it when lifting strenuously.

If I was having the same trouble you are, I would go to my Chiro/ART guy. I say this because he's very competent and has a strong athletic/lifting background. He regularly gives me explainations for these kinds of issues and how to prevent them.

Good luck!


#3

I'll try the tongue thing.

I'm supposed to be seeing a Chiro/ART who's also a triathlete soon, so hopefully she'll be able to help. In the meantime, if anyone else has ideas, I'd appreciate them.


#4

Are your symptoms in the center of the neck or off to the left or right?

Do you get any pain w/ any head movements or only with heavy exertion?

The ART/Chiro should be able to give you a good eval and treatment.

Ryan


#5

In the center (I believe), and only with heavy exertion.