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
60 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/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 stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 100 mgs of 5-HTP AM, 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan at noon.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin.
May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.
Oct 2014, off the Celexa. The 5-HTP is doing much better and leaves me feeling normal as compared to being on an SSRI.
I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation
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