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    neck stiffness

    hi all. i need help. for the last month ive been waking up really stiff, especially my kneck. the stiffness is that sevear that when i get out of bed, i have to support my self by holding on to the wall. i orignally assumed this was down to my matteress, so i bought a new one but this has not improved it, so ive bought memory foam pillows and this still is not helping.
    has anybody got any suggestions please. :cry:

    stefan

    littlestef
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    #83284
    Re: neck stiffness

    Are you laying completely flat? I sleep with 3 pillows, 1 “V” shaped at the bottom then 2 normal staggered on top this helps me with back and neck pain/stiffness.

    Vicki
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    #83285
    Re: neck stiffness

    Hi,

    This all sounds so familiar. I have been having the same back and neck problems, so
    much so that last Monday I had a visit from the MD trained Physiotherapist
    to try and solve them.

    Just like you I have tried both a soft and hard mattress and three different memory
    foam pillows. 18 months ago they had got it do that I could sit and sleep comfortably
    but inevetiably things have changed. I seem to wake between 4 and 5 AM with back pains
    and can only sleep on my back like a “mummy”. The memory foam pillows have not been
    a success and just seem to bring on hot temperature control issues, even on the
    one described as “topcool”.

    On pillows I have ended up going back to my harder orthopaedic pillow. The Physio
    lady came up with some exercises for my back that I could do in bed. They are being sent in the post, but
    one was a gentle back arching exercise in bed and another pulling the knees
    up physically. Too early to tell yet, but I do feel I am accessing muscles that have
    not been worked for a long time. It seems when we have pain we keep the whole
    surrounding area stiff and immobile and this inactivity obviously affects muscles
    and causes problems in itself. I will go with trying to get a few muscles back to work. She
    also suggested the microwave wheat bags. This we have done both for the heat
    and just as much for a very small but perceptible lumbar support. After a lot
    of problems I am pleased to try a few new things.

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    taungfox
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    #83286
    Re: neck stiffness

    I didn’t get on that well with memory foam pillow either as after a few weeks I was getting different, worse discomfort. I went back to my battered yet comfy foam egg box pillow and am still using it. It will fall apart one day…

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    sar78 sar78
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    #83287
    Re: neck stiffness

    thanks for replies everyone. i give your sugestions a try.

    stefan

    littlestef
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    #83288
    Re: neck stiffness

    I personally find the heat rub more effective than the wheat bags/hot water bottles just because I dont have to twist in an awkward position to hold the bag in place.

    What about second breakfast?

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