I was walking my dogs this morning when I suddenly felt pain in the left side of my neck running from base of neck to mid-ear. I have iced it and taken two Advil. Is there anything else I can be doing to help relieve it? I feel that I have strained or sprained something. I can turn my head to the right and lower it to the front with no pain, but I cannot turn my head to the left or lower it to the back without pain. Until I can see my doctor, is there anything I can/should be doing?
Sounds like you are doing good so far at treating your own neck pain. Keep up with the ice and NSAID and just give it some time to work the kink out. Most of these things get better on their own. A good book to have is called "How to treat your own Neck and Back Pain" by Robin McKenzie. Good sound advice.
The dog on the other hand may need to learn not to pull so hard on the leash. HEEL, HEEL, HEEL boy... sound familiar? I like to use the treat bag like a PEZ dispenser at my side to get them (I have four dogs) to associate the word HEEL with being at my side. Consistancy and persistance will pay off.
Keep walking, keep smiling.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
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What Can Be Done About Nerve Pain?
Using Tylenol Responsibly