Finding cervical spine pain relief

My goal with this blog is to share my own personal experiences with cervical spine pain, or neck pain, as well as with lumbar spine pain, or lower back pain, in the hope that it will benefit others who suffer from this kind of pain as well.

Pain in the back and neck can be caused by so many different things.  It could be whiplash from a car accident, or in my case falling off a horse.  It can be caused by repetitive stress such as sitting at a computer for long hours every day, which is what I believe, exacerbated my pain.  Even with a very good ergonomic setup for your desk and a super high end office chair, sitting for long hours in the same position just isn’t good for you.  The human body was made to move around, not sit at the computer!

I have tried many different products, read many books, and tried all kinds of techniques in an effort to alleviate, or even just reduce my level of pain.  Seriously, I would try anything and pay nearly any amount!  Here are some of the things I’ve tried:

  • Multiple methods in books
  • Hypnosis
  • Hanging upside down using an inversion table
  • Many different office chairs
  • A sit/stand desk
  • Custom orthotic insoles
  • Neck stretching and traction devices
  • Meditation
  • Yoga, including bikram yoga, power yoga, hatha yoga, baptiste yoga
  • Various exercises and stretches
  • The Miracle Ball system (which I still really like!)
  • Sitting on a balance ball
  • NSAIDs
  • Over the counter and prescription pain medicine
  • Anti-inflammatory creams
  • Massage therapy
  • Heat and ice
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Special pillows for neck pain
  • Memory foam mattress toppers
  • Etc etc

You get the picture!  I’ve tried it all!  And I really want other people to benefit from the massive amount of time and money that I’ve spent trying to alleviate and reduce my back and neck pain.  I don’t even know how many thousands of dollars I’ve spent just to relieve pain.

I’m just an average woman, in my early 40s with a young son.  I started having back pain about 15 years ago, and have been diagnosed with everything from a herniated disc to spinal arthritis to a fracture of the spinal process.  My neck pain started about ten years ago, and I have been diagnosed with arthritis, or degenerative disc disease, in my c5, c6, and c7 vertebrae.  Trust me it is so depressing to be relatively young and feel that for the rest of my life I am going to be in pain, and that pain is just going to get worse and worse.

I have not completely cured my neck pain, however I will say I have made dramatic progress over the last several years in terms of increasing my level of comfot, and I am currently living an active life with no limitations due to cervical spine pain.

I hope that my journey to relieve my cervical spine pain and lumbar spine pain will help other people who are going through this.

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