Hi, I have had neck pain since May last year( May 2014), I pulled a muscle in my neck I believe) .I have had physio which as helped and I was given neck exercises to do which have helped. I am now left with neck ache sometimes dizziness and its sometimes the base of the back of my head aswell. I'm continuing with the exercises but its not going away.
Its how I manage my daily activities which is the issue. I wake up ok with no neck ache. as soon as I start to rush around , do continuous lifting/ bending it brings It on and heavy carrying. I cant wear a scarf around my neck as the weight of the scarf against the back of my neck puts pressure on my neck, nor can I wear a winter jacket with a hood as I can feel the hood pressing against the back of my neck.
The problem now is carrying- which is what brings my neck ache on a lot of the time. I go out on a morning with a small shoulder handbag- I only carry what is necessary to make it light. Then usually a carrier bag with a bottle of water, ( I only fill it less than half a cup full or less) as a bottle of water is heavy- and refill when I am out , maybe some nuts and few sheets of paper as note paper. I put my phone in a jean pocket Sometimes if I am going straight to work I put some grapes in. Then I go for the bus. Iv'e bought a 10kg rucksack bag but it still feels to heavy. So I go out, sometimes I feel ok, then I go to buy my dinner- a sandwich/ jacket potato crisps, banana and take it back to work or go and sit somewhere to eat and straight away I can feel the weight of the carrier bag pulling me down. After I have eaten what I have purchased I am left with neck ache for the rest of the day which wont go away. Its worse on an evening. I have to purchase my dinner but carrying it back to work / to sit down ( a short 5 min) walk leaves me with continuous neck ache for the rest of the day. I have to buy necessities on regular basis (toiletries) lots of bottles which are heavy in a carrier bag so I don't buy them all at once so I am not carrying them and try and limit the amount of time I carry things. On the bus often I cant read a paper or look at my phone as the head is in a down position as you are looking down tilting your head and it hurts my neck.- this is getting more frequent I do the food shopping once a week and get a taxi or a lift. I go jogging twice a week. Its affecting lots of things I do.
Its very frustrating and I am finding this impossible to get under control.
Have other people experienced these things. Can anyone give me some advice? x
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