I use a soft neck collar to sleep in, to avoid neck bending in a awkward position. I had neck surgery w/fusion 15 years ago, and I'm trying to avoid another until I have to. I do Yoga, to strengthen,stretch and lengthen the muscles. Cold packs for inflamation, moist heat, 20 min. on/20 min. off. Anti-inflamitory or choice and keep moving. Change positons often, stretch, walk a min. or 2. Warm shower, A massage chair for back, neck, with heat. The setting for Shiatsu massage,or roller massage works well, if you can't get someone at home or have a professional massage! I do all of the above, alternating from any combination, that gives relief Hope this helps!View Thread
More than 130 million people live with chronic illness. Award-winning journalist Richard M. Cohen is one of them, and he writes about what it means to be your own health care advocate and how to claim your own voice.
Here he is giving us a day in the life of someone who suffers from Chronic Pain, on WebMD TV.
Living day-in and day-out with chronic pain can wear you down. No matter how hard you try, you may not feel like yourself. Join in the Pain Management Exchange to talk with our experts and other members about the latest conventional and alternative treatments as well as coping techniques for pain management. Share your stories and offer your support to others who are also living with chronic pain.View Thread
Trying to decide on joint-replacement surgery for your knee, hip, ankle, or shoulder? Discuss your joint- replacement options -- procedures, recovery, risks, and more -- with top experts as well as other members. If you’ve already had a joint replaced, share your experience with those who need support and information.
From what is an expert to how to find your post...the link above will help you learn to use the WebMD Health Exchanges (or create your own)and answer other questions you may have-including how to report a problem or make a suggestion for improvement.View Thread
I have had osteoarthritis since I was 17 and after 40 years it has taken a toll on my joints. I have narrowing of the vertebrae in my lower sacrum and also in the middle of my spine. My knees, feet and hands have also been affected with pain and stiffness. I refuse to give up or give in without a fight so I've searched for quite some time to find the best exercises that will help me with strength and also provide aerobics while seated in a chair. There are 2 DVD's in the series called Stronger Seniors; Stretch & Strength. It's not just for seniors, but anybody who may not be able to stand for long periods of time. One DVD is all about strengthening your body and the other has aerobics, use of hand weights and toning/balancing exercises. I absolutely love it and have felt much better since I started practicing these exercises daily. I hope some of you that are experiencing stiffness will try this program. It was designed by Anne Pringle Burnell who is a certified fitness professional and are easy to follow. If you search on amazon.com click on DVD and then do a search for Anne Pringle Burnell and it's the first DVD on the list. Good luck and keep moving.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.