I have had the pain and pinching like jinga mentioned. I get my best relief with myofacial release treatments from my physical therapist.
She taught me an exercise that helps immensely. I have a stretch band attached to a fixed point just above shoulder level. I grab it in my hand and pull it across my chest and as I finish the pull, I try to pinch my shoulder blade to the opposite shoulder blade. I hope my description makes sense. The goal is to exercise the muscle that goes from the top of the shoulder to the base of the neck. This can mobilize the joint at that location.
I have problems at both ends of the neck, C-1, C-2 and C-5, C-6, C-7, T-1.
Some people have false ribs associated with the lower cervical vertebra that can cause trouble. A physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) doctor requested a special x-ray series to identify my false ribs. He then prescribed physical therapy to correct the issue there.
It made an enormous difference once this was resolved. It flares up from time to time. This is a very common injury in car accidents, especially those with a whiplash effect.
My best to you.
Mark in Idaho
58 years old, retired due to disability, married 33 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after last concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate and short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual and auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and successfully stopped all paroxetine after 3 months of tapering down. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan when I wake up, 500 mgs after breakfast with my vitamin regimen and 500 mgs late in the evening.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, my docs put me on three meds. Clonazepam (Klonopin, a dreaded benzo but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc prescribed .25 mgs twice daily but half a tablet is doing good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic before bed. I have lost over 30 pounds since mid July. The olanzapine is supposed to help me gain some of it back but it has just stopped the weight loss. They took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.
I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation
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