I sought ways to relieve the pain of cervical spinal stenosis for 13 years. I had a minimally invasive laminectomy when the condition was initially diagnosed. My arm muscles were compromised by nerve damage, and the discomfort never fully went away. I have good days and bad days, and the discs in my neck have continued to deteriorate. I have less range of motion, and I have what I call ‘flare ups’. When I am really suffering, the back of my neck aches terribly, my skull aches behind my ears, and I become very tired. Thankfully I am able to sleep when the pain is the worst. Sleep is a way to escape.
Physical Therapy Really Does Help
When my surgeon suggested physical therapy as one of the natural ways to stop neck pain. I could not imagine how it would help. It seemed like nothing more than a way for the insurance company to delay the inevitable. I felt as if I had to jump through their hoops before I would get any real help. I admit that I was wrong. My physical therapist gave me ways to help myself. Pulling stretchy bands and using an arm cycle seemed to help the most. The physical therapist said that it gets the blood flowing. It also increased my strength and range of motion. I highly recommend physical therapy if you were diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis. However, you have to keep up with it at home to achieve lasting results.
I pull out my Shiatsu Massage Pillow with Heat when I need help for an aching neck. My son bought it for me a few years ago, and it has been a godsend. It can be used with or without heat. Two strong steel balls rotate beneath soft material, and I am able to control the pressure by simply leaning back harder against my recliner or car headrest. It has saved me from debilitating pain many times. If you do not have one, I highly recommend getting one. Be sure that it is a shiatsu massaging device and not something that does nothing more than rattle the skull. I had a vibrating massaging device for the neck, and it intensified the headache. I had to take it back.
I’m Able to Relieve the Pain of Cervical Spinal Stenosis Most of the Time
I have found ways to relieve headaches and neck aches. Instead of giving in and suffering, I use various ways to relieve the pain of cervical spinal stenosis. When combined, they work better than medication alone. Hopefully my personal experience will help you or someone that you care about. The extreme discomfort caused by the condition can negatively impact every facet of life from work to social interaction. On the days that I suffer the most, I am thankful that I work from home. I could not work anywhere else. I would surely end up fired. The symptoms are occurring more frequently, I have to seek help from a surgeon.
Update on My Condition after Surgery
It has been six months, and I am still healing from surgery. I had to take drastic measures to find relief from the pain of cervical spinal stenosis. Not only were my nerves being squeezed by bone, but three discs were also blown. I had three biological fusions. To keep them in place, the surgeon added three titanium plates. I no longer have debilitating headaches or neck pain, but I am not completely free from discomfort. I still have good days and bad days, but thankfully my bad days are not nearly as bad as they were. I still use the aforementioned ways to relieve neck discomfort, and I am doing much better. It can take a full year to fully recover from major neck surgery, but I am glad that I did it.
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