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I have been in a few bad car accidents and all of the were someone hitting me from behind. I have suffered with neck pain for 25 years. It starts on the right side of my neck and goes up to my occipital bone and even up to the top of my head. There are times when the base of my skull feels swollen too. It is so hard to explain the pain, I think you may know what this feels like!! I have to sleep on a certain pillow or I will wake up so stiff that I can't turn my head. I just bought a new pillow, a Temper-pedic (know I spelled that wrong). I spent $158.00 on this pillow and it is wonderful. I also have to try not to feel stressed out because that makes the pain worse.

I think because you haven't slept in sooo long, your neck pain is agitated by this, don't you? I feel so terrible for you and wish there was something I could do for you. Has anyone ever suggested to you taking Amitriptyline at night? That will make you go to sleep and relax your muscles so that you can get relaxing rest. I was diagnosed with Fibro about 20 years ago, and have suffered with neck pain every since. It took me years to find the right combination of things to help me sleep and relax. Every time I feel stressed out, the first place I feel it is in my neck. Usually, when I have bad flare-ups, I can figure I am about to get a cold or am coming down with something. I swear, I feel everything in my neck. My neck even grinds sometimes when I turn my head. Sounds weird, but that is the only way to describe it.

Hopefully, this new doctor can do something for you. Since you are not gettng sleep, you neck pain is probably worse!!! I hope and pray that someone can help you.

Congrats on your 31 days!!! That is a HUGE accomplishment. TaCot

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