Cervical Spondylosis Home Remedies

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This is a new page strictly for useful tips for managing cervical spondylosis. Please don't clutter with anything else.

My first tip is:

To shift a headache or muggy head, try taking a nap on a sofa with a soft pillow (Ikea tubular neck support pillow good here) and your head leaning on the sofa arm (as long as it's not too high).

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    Another tip. Try and ensure your sleeping environment is draught proofed thoroughly. A constant cold draught on the exposed neck, as you sleep, will cause worsening stiffness. If anyone needs advice on draught proofing, I can post it here. Also, be wary of window draughts whilst driving, or even as a passenger. Best not to open the window nearest you ( and certainly not a little bit )....just open the opposite window for airing.
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    If you've had a few days of neck stiffness, and it feels like it's calming down...try these simple exercises (advised by an osteo ). Stretch one arm out horizontal with the shoulder and to the side. Slowly rotate your hand clockwise and anti-clockwise. You might hear some cracking / crunching in your shoulder. It's just the built up tension being released. Try with other arm as well, but not both at same time. I've found that this exercise doesn't work when the neck is full on.
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    Try, by whatever means you can, to keep your neck warm, I wear a chiffon scarf constantly, which is fine for a laydeeee smile chaps will have to come up with something else :P

    Don't carry anything heavy, I have a small shopping trolly ( yeah I know, but do I care? Not a jot :lol: ) this serves two purposes for me, not having to carry anything and when I go a bit do-lally ( dizzy etc) it becomes a very useful tool for me to lean on, until everything settles down, and I can get on my way. 8)

    Take Care

    Em :lol:

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    Hi fellow sufferers,

    I get through the day mostly pain free just by using my T.E.N.S machine, and for a good nights sleep, copious amounts of Dublins finest liquid does the trick :guinness: ......Prescribed painkillers did nothing for me.

    regards,

    Paul

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    i have tried a tens machine and within seconds the pain was ten times worse, i couldnrt get it off quick enough. its a case of horses for courses, everyone has diferent benefits from different things.
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    A pint of black is your only man! And here's one for the ladies ( or house-husbands as they're now called ) and nurofen dodgers....A half of draught guinness with a neat jameson tipped in. Perhaps I should have posted this on the \"I'm an alcoholic and I'm proud of it\" page! :guinness: + :bubbly: = :cheers:. I've taken some alcoholic licence with the emoticons (for bubbly, imagine jameson's).
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    OK guys, what do you do if you don't drink, I don't partake of the falling down water, nasty horrible stuff!! :wink:

    Don,t try this at home.It won't work :lol:

    My husband and I went for a drive yesterday, and landed up in Haworth (Bronte Country) it was a beautiful day.

    I decided I'd give the village a go, it's very steep and cobbled, well between my cervical back and my lumber back, it wasn't long before I gave up and went into the Apothecary for some seaweed and lime foot bath :lol: . On the way out I slipped of the step fell into a gap in the cobble, did my version of an Irish reel 8) and collapsed into my husbands waiting arms (bless him the look of horror on his face). Limped orft back to the car, not before hubby bought me an ice-cream (he must have felt sorry for me :lol: and made our way home.

    Got up this morning I have not had any pain anywhere, I can't believe it!! First time in 3 years, wooohooooo!!!! I've had a lovely day.

    Take Care

    Emxx :lol:

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    Aunty Em, what some people will do just for an ice cream :lol: Do hope the pain free continues smile Oh, and I am with you on the scarves, I have just bought one of those crinkly cotton ones for the warmer (hopefully) months, even on a warm day, a draught can be lethal can't it?

    Fellas, I am a useless drinker, and I have tried, honest, but I usually wake up with 'the headache', you all know the one, where I've rolled off my Tempur pillow and slept with my head lolling in an awkward position (probably with mouth open, tis not a pretty sight). But I am prepared to keep trying, purely in the interest of medical research, of course :wink:

    Has anyone tried something called Tiger Balm? I've heard good things about it, although I don't know where you get it. I'm a bit wary because I'm allergic to Deep Heat and things like that.

    Love to all

    Lou xx

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    Hiya Lou :lol:

    Firstly, if you are allergic to Deep heat etc, do not use Tiger Balm!! It is very good generally for aches and pains, but you have to apply it in small amounts as it can burn your gizzards out if you're not careful :shock:

    Secondly, think I'll be making a return visit to Haworth for the ice-cream, it was fab while it lasted, don't know where it came from or what happened, but boy it was lovely!! smile Hey Ho.,

    Yep, I don,t like draughts at all, and I too have bought some more lickle scarves for the summer, I'm hopeing the warm weather will improve things for us all, you never know.

    Take Care

    Emxx :lol:

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    Having another pain-ish free day, no achy breaky necky, or shoulders. :D Boy it feels good, don't know whether it's the new pillow or what. Hope others are having an easy time at the mo.

    Take Care

    Emxx smile

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    Hi Em,

    Glad to hear it's going well. If it is the new pillow, I suppose you might be able to tell after a week or two. Let us know and I , for one, will be adding to my collection. My own experiments with differing pillows hasn't yielded any results yet ( except changeing aches ) so I'm prepared to invest in something you vouch for. It might even be possible to copy the design and create a homemade version. Not being a cheapskate here, just don't like the idea of someone making a profit from our predicament. I don't know if you can do this but, if it was possible to put a photo and specs of the pillow on here, maybe I could test as well. Two heads etc.

    Gerry

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      I have had fairly good luck with my natural latex pillow that is curved to fit the neck (one side if higher than the other). I like the firm, yet soft support and turn the pillow often. I also have a natural latex mattress which is again firm, but has enough give to feel soft. It's not a cure-all by any means, but the most comfortable combo I've run into in 68 years!

       

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    Hiya Gerry, smile :P

    I'm going to try and pm you the details.

    I'm still pretty much pain free, not sure if it's the pillow, think i'd have to go back to my old pillows and see what happens, finding it very weird after all these months .

    Emxx smile

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