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<p>I have been trying to heal this horrible crook in the neck for the past 5 days, but this morning I have an deep headache and can hardly turn to check my blind spots while driving to work! Typing this post also shoots pain up my right arm into my neck. Now, I know a nice massage might do the trick. The problem with that, is that my office has been spreading a virus around that I am trying to avoid. Last night I woke up with a tickle in my throat--the inflicted have sworn this is the first symptom. In my past, getting a massage releasing great tension always seems to send the "junk" in my muscles through my entire body, and thus, resulting in a some sort of sickness. Not trying to alleviate a horrible crook in the neck just to get a horrible cold. <img alt=":(" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style=""></p>
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<p>Besides a heating pad, hot showers, sleep, and my regular vitamin and health routine, what other treatments can I try to alleviate this horrible pain? I have never tried acupuncture, but have heard good things about it--especially while pregnant. Could that help without spreading sickness through my body? Also, sleeping on my side increases the pain, but back sleeping is no longer an option with the pressure and difficulty it causes to my breathing.</p>
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<p>A rolled up towel supporting your neck as you sleep?  I used to get terrible neck pain and my neck would lock up.  I saw a chiropractor and got it all straightened out....LOL  cuz he was a chiropractor.....</p>
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<p>Anyway, try the towel trick, it helps me when my neck starts getting sore. </p>
 

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I sleep with 3 pillows for my shoulders/neck/head, and a 4th triangle one for my belly! It's crazy looking, but keeps everything more or less aligned well, so I don't end up with horrible neck or back pain. I've had reasonable success making hotel beds more comfy using a horseshoe shaped travel pillow, when my full assortment of home pillows were not available - so if you have one of those, it may be helpful. I do find that I need to arrange my pillows, then very carefully get into my nest, intentionally laying down the right way, and not moving much while falling asleep.<br><br>
I can't read in bed sitting up, then just slouch into laying down & sleeping, it requires more effor than that.
 

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<p>A rolled up towel supporting your neck as you sleep?  I used to get terrible neck pain and my neck would lock up.  I saw a chiropractor and got it all straightened out....LOL  cuz he was a chiropractor.....</p>
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<p>Anyway, try the towel trick, it helps me when my neck starts getting sore. </p>
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<p>I remember a chiro from a while back to me about the towel trick--good idea. I will try that tonight. </p>
 

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<p><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/164269/SynEpona" style="display:inline-block;">@SynEpona</a> , I sleep with one body pillow. How do you put the pillows to support your neck and back? I will try the rolled towel idea. Do you put a pillow behind your shoulders or something? So complicated :(</p>
 

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<p>Yes!  Try acupuncture and let them know that you think you might be getting a cold so they can do an immune boosting treatment as well.  A lower cost option is to check out a community acupuncturist.  You share a room with other people (everyone is really quiet - unless they snore), take a nap, and next thing you know you're right as rain. <br>
Massages will release the cold/healing mechanisms so that you'll manifest, but it will also course through the body more quickly. </p>
 

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<p>Yes!  Try acupuncture and let them know that you think you might be getting a cold so they can do an immune boosting treatment as well.  A lower cost option is to check out a community acupuncturist.  You share a room with other people (everyone is really quiet - unless they snore), take a nap, and next thing you know you're right as rain. <br>
Massages will release the cold/healing mechanisms so that you'll manifest, but it will also course through the body more quickly. </p>
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<p>I just called the best acupuncture place in my area. They are checking to see if my insurance will cover it, otherwise it will be $150 for one session! Ugh. I need to fix this though. Anyway, the earliest appointment is Tuesday night. I don't know how I can make it that long, but I made the appointment anyway. Home remedies in the meantime, I guess...</p>
 

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<p>Seriously?  $150 is just for the intake I hope (and even then, that's pretty steep). <br>
I'd go for a bottle of nice quality clove oil or the ask a Chinese herbalist if you can find one.  The herbalist by me has a EO mixture that works better than some of the others I've had.  For the really stubborn knots, though, I did have amazing success from the clove oil. <br>
Did anyone mention the tennis ball/golf ball/etc. techniques?  Best used in combination. <br>
Epsom salt compress?<br>
Magnesium oil? (Actually, this one would probably help a lot.)<br>
Traumeel (regular applications will help more; also have a sublingual version)</p>
<p>Has anyone shown you neck stretches in stages?<br>
Sorry, but with that price tag my brain just woke up to the additional ideas.  (And it's way past my bedtime.)<br>
Don't get me wrong; I think/hope you'll get a lot out of it, but usually acupuncture is known to be a multi-step process (although I have seen neck issues as you describe disappear almost immediately).<br>
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<p><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/164269/SynEpona" style="display:inline-block;">@SynEpona</a> , I sleep with one body pillow. How do you put the pillows to support your neck and back? I will try the rolled towel idea. Do you put a pillow behind your shoulders or something? So complicated :(</p>
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I can't do a big body pillow, I just end up with too much pillow where I don't want it! Right now, I put my firmest pillow at the bottom, then the softest one, then the middle one, and they are stacked sort of like steps, with my left shoulder on the leading edge of the lowest 'step', and my head on the top pillow. The middle one ends up with it's edge squishing up in between my shoulder and head. It looks silly, but it works. Then, my little triangle wedge pillow (I think it's from Jolly Jumper brand?) goes under my belly to avoid that tipping over feeling.<br><br>
I spent several months of my 2nd pregnancy sleeping on a firm loveseat with my back pressed into the back and my head on the arm rest. I can function on very little sleep - but the sleep I do get needs to be comfy, even if I have to find that comfort in some unconventional ways.</p>
 

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<p>Found this last pregnancy and it was revolutionary!  :)  So comfortable.  <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDTbi4Xb5ec" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDTbi4Xb5ec</a></p>
 

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Found this last pregnancy and it was revolutionary!  <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif">  So comfortable.  <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDTbi4Xb5ec" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDTbi4Xb5ec</a></div>
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that looks cozy. .. I wonder if I can find 3 or 4 spare pillows. ... I've always slept with at least two for my head if not three, so to do her set up I'd need seven total!
 

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<p>Found this last pregnancy and it was revolutionary!  :)  So comfortable.  <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDTbi4Xb5ec" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDTbi4Xb5ec</a></p>
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<p>Great video! I will try this, thank you!</p>
 

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<p>Seriously?  $150 is just for the intake I hope (and even then, that's pretty steep). <br>
I'd go for a bottle of nice quality clove oil or the ask a Chinese herbalist if you can find one.  The herbalist by me has a EO mixture that works better than some of the others I've had.  For the really stubborn knots, though, I did have amazing success from the clove oil. <br>
Did anyone mention the tennis ball/golf ball/etc. techniques?  Best used in combination. <br>
Epsom salt compress?<br>
Magnesium oil? (Actually, this one would probably help a lot.)<br>
Traumeel (regular applications will help more; also have a sublingual version)</p>
<p>Has anyone shown you neck stretches in stages?<br>
Sorry, but with that price tag my brain just woke up to the additional ideas.  (And it's way past my bedtime.)<br>
Don't get me wrong; I think/hope you'll get a lot out of it, but usually acupuncture is known to be a multi-step process (although I have seen neck issues as you describe disappear almost immediately).<br>
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<p>I am still waiting to hear if they will take my insurance. My appointment is for tomorrow night, but I made some progress this weekend. I sprayed magnesium oil and used a heating pad for a long time. Ended up sleeping sitting up in bed. Friday was awful. Kept doing that with minimal stretches. Today I am about 75% better. I am going to keep heating it every night and applying oil. It would be nice if the acupuncture happens tomorrow. Fingers crossed...</p>
 
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