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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   hello doctor
Doctor :   hello
User :   u there?
Doctor :   how may i help you
User :   i have this pain in the neck.. on the left side
User :   have had a spasm in march at the same place as welll
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender ?
User :   31 - age , gender - male
Doctor :   when did the pain started ?
User :   last weekend,, it was mild then
User :   now when i sleep facing right side.. i get up after coupla hours with pain on the left side of the neckk
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   are you taking any medications :>
User :   i have been applying powergesic gel for the last 2 nights
Doctor :   Any relief ?
User :   only temporary
Doctor :   to begin with let me first tell you that you can take over the counter pain medication called IBUPROFEN 400MG in the night
Doctor :   Applying ice to the painful area for up to 48 to 72 hours after it starts is another way to control the pain
User :   okie... , that would be just supressing the pain
User :   i need to cure it
User :   just read you second updat about ice pack
User :   ok..
User :   why would it happen?
User :   the pain..
Doctor :   after that you need to apply some heat by a heating pad it may help you relax those stubborn muscle spasms. Heat should be applied pretty much the same way ice is -- for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, with a 40-minute break between treatments
Doctor :   such spasms are common and the main culprit is the our posture at work and maybe sleeping with a big pillow
User :   okies... how many times a day i shud do this?
User :   oh ok..
Doctor :   also you need to massage it with any analgesic cream once in 4 hours like MOOVE
User :   ok...
User :   will follow it right away..
Doctor :   the massage will improve the circulation and help in a speedy recovery
User :   i see
Doctor :   also let me tell you some exercises you can do
User :   thank you for your supreme consultation at this hour..
Doctor :   so prevent iit again in future
Doctor :   Do each five times twice a day. Do the first three exercises for two weeks before starting the rest.
Doctor :   1) Slowly tilt your head forward as far as possible. Then move your head backward as far as possible.
Doctor :   2) Tilt your head toward your shoulder, while keeping your shoulder stationary. Straighten, then lean toward the other shoulder
Doctor :   3) Slowly turn your head from side to side as far as possible.
User :   ok
Doctor :   4) Place your hand on one side of your head while you push toward it with your head. Hold for 5 seconds, then relax. Repeat three times. Then do the same exercise on the other side
User :   will do these as well Dr.
Doctor :   well you should be fine in no time
Doctor :   Your welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   doc, from wch location are you ?
User :   this is my first time on healthcare..
Doctor :   well your feedback will be highly appreciated
User :   Thank you Dr
Doctor :   Your welcome
User :   how do i provide feedback?
User :   is there a feedback form?
Doctor :   you will get a page after we close
User :   ok.. will fill it up
Doctor :   it will show up
Doctor :   thank you
Doctor :   take care
User :   thank you..
User :   good night
Doctor :   BYe bye
User :   bbye
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