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What could be the reason and what can i do for chronic neck pain ?

I ve been having horrible neck pain for over a month now. Cannot get comfortable to sleep. Worse in the morning and evening. Also pain in my thighs and knees. X-rays showed nothing abnormal. No pain/tingling in my arms. Only thing that has helped with the pain is Prednisone. Wake up every morning with a terribly stiff neck , shoulders and headache . Slowly improves (but not completely) throughout the day, starts up again in the evening and keeps me awake at night. I ve already tried changing my posture, sleeping in different places with different pillows. I tried every OTC NSAID and they didn t touch it. Dr. prescribed Prednisone which is the only thing that actually worked! What could it be if my tests are normal? History: I have TMJ which also causes me occasional pain, but not this bad.
Asked On : Thu, 24 Mar 2011
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NSAID and prednisolon are no solution to your problem.Only x -ray can`t make the diagnosis.Prednisolon will give you temporary relief only & will cure the basic cause.So details examination to rule rheumatoid disease & to search the real culprit is more important.So go for MRI & CT head & neck along with detailed blood testes as per advise of some orthopedic /neurologist
Wish you good health
Answered: Mon, 2 May 2011
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-use hot water bag on neck, shoulder and back.
-do cervical exercises or consult a physiotherapist.
Answered: Mon, 2 May 2011
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