Suggest treatment for neck pain caused by the use of the cane
Should I put a warm cloth to my neck ? Do I need to call my physician ? I figure that I strained it by pushing down on the cane way too much to support my weight that day, and its effected my neck because my body was out of wack ? I have no fever. Other than my leg bothering me after I walk on it there is nothing else except this stiff neck. That's about it. Can ya help ? What does it sound like to you ? Thank you. Don Baker.
ok... the leg if it is improving in pain and swelling, then improvement in symptoms are a good sign and not an indication to look for blood clots or other complications.
That being said, it is quite a stretch to go from the leg to the neck. Changes in movement/location/position can cause strains (I think you mentioned this possibility from the use of the cane which will put some stress on the shoulder and neck area).
Muscle spasms can be quite painful. Muscle relaxants, non-steroidal medications would be a first step. (ice in the first 24 hrs MAYBE... sometimes it triggers spasm) then moist heat and gentle stretching.
All muscle relaxants in the US are prescription. They all last about 8 hrs have the same side effects. And all are totally different.
Carisoprodel. Controlled substance. One in 10,000 people metabolize it into barbiturate which can have serious withdrawal (seen it once in my life). It is often used by idiots to knock themselves out. Otherwise, it is incredibly safe. It acts as a spinal anti-epileptic and although it relaxes muscles, it also works very well on disk disorders to increase the effectiveness (but not the toxicity) of other pain drugs (narcotic and otherwise).
cyclobenzaprine. works on muscles. Is at its highest safe dose at the usual 10 mg three times a day and was implicated in the deaths of XXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX and her son at only mildly overdosages.
Baclofen. works on muscles. There are concerns it can perhaps cause heart failure in some people (without a lot of evidence).
methocarbamol, probably like carisoprodel, chemically similar. Not a controlled substance.
Skelexin probably like cyclobenzaprine but significantly less toxic.
Naproxen, orudis, maybe many others are non-steroidals that are over the counter. Ibuprofen also is, but is a bit weaker. Tylenol is over the counter but entirely without anti-inflammatory effects.
Brief physical therapy for walking with cane and working on range of motion of neck and other parts would generally be helpful. but, yeah, the angle of the back/neck can change and be out of balance if leaning on a cane. Doesn't take that much out of balance, and not that much leaning.
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