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Muscle tightness associated with cervical disc problems???

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 289
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have cervical problems (below) , but I also have really bad tight muscles on my shoulders down to the ending of my shoulder blades. If the shoulder and below muscles get too tight it starts affecting the cervical nerves and head nerves and tortures me a lot with bad head pain. I get this one nerve pain on my head, that doesnt let go for the most part unless I take a muscle relaxer or have someone massage my shoulders. It is really terrible to wake up to or stay up with.

It seems anytime I sit down all the muscles will almost instantly tighten, even if they were loose for awhile from walking or sitting in a high back chair.

Klonopin, Soma work best, but sometimes those don't help, or help long enough...I just started neurontin and I believe it is helping with the top of the head nerve pain, but not the one that hurts me the most.

Is this normal?


  • hmm. No! Your issues sound like how I feel now after my laminectomy 6/9/09. I can tell you that swimming helps relax the muscles some. I am on soma too and take that twice a day. damaged muscles take a long time to heal is what I am told.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • I just also want to say that when I'm walking and my muscles are loose , I still have a tight or stiff feeling neck and upper thorasic spine. I also wake up with that, and I have radioculpathy in my left arm and leg.

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  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,361
    I have the same tight muscle problem you describe. I don't know which comes first, the tight muscles or the disc pain. When I sit down I feel like someone is pushing my head down between my shoulders. Sometimes it feels that way even walking. Oh yeah, the headaches! It never ends does it?? I have noticed the more my neck hurts the more tense I get and then the worse the headaches get! Is that the way you feel? I hope you have a better day today. Take care.
  • good grief - 10 weeks post-op & muscles are sooooo tight still!!!!!!!!!!!! makes you think "will I ever get better"
    sheesh...... didn't have a clue recovery would be this painful for so long... but it's better than the pain that led me to the surgery.. I am just not a patient person & have to continually remind myself that I have to chill....
    they cut 4" around C5-6 & C6-7 & grinded down the discs...
    hugs to all - Julie in Texas
  • Please, please, please get a remedial massage if you have any muscle problems (which we all have).
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  • Oh I do know what you mean. You should feel the muscles on top between my neck and shoulders, they are hard as a rock like I work out every day! But I don't, of course. I also have areas in my back that you can feel these much smaller knots, about pea sized, and they do cause a lot of pain too. I hardly ever get headaches though, all my pain is in my neck and upper back out towards my shoulders.
  • If you have alot of money you can go to massage therapy everyday...

    Byt I dont have money for that so I cant...
  • JKDE302
    A daily relaxing massage is on the books for when I win the lottery!
    Massage costs about $1 a minute, and you'd expect to have a 30-40 minute session initially.
    You would not even consider a daily one at the remedial stage, as you need time inbetween.
    It is a bit costly, but if it is the only cure, just think how much it would be really worth to you.
    I'd suggest that you try at least one session with a remedial masseuse, and find out just what muscle problems you have.
    That alone is well worth knowing as you unravel your symptoms. A cure that doesn't require drugs or surgery. Why wouldn't you try it?

    I had a 60 minute session yesterday as I'd let it go too long, 4 weeks.
    I'm trying to get it to every 3 weeks or so, but am back to weekly again. Trying to save money but it backfired.

    Talking about knots, DonnaJay, I have a big hard lump between by left shoulder blade and the shoulder. Apparently it is a big mass of knotted muscle, as this muscle should not be evident, according to my masseuse.
    She uses pressure point relief to relax all of my knots, but it will take quite a while to get it all sorted.
    It will be a lot of expense but what else can I do?
    My stretching/ exercise regime will gradually build up the muscles which are all now weak and knotted.
    I'd be completely inactive without the massages, and even more brain dead.
  • Are most masseuses trained in remedial massage? Living in a very small town out in the sticks, there are only a couple of massage therapists in town. Going out of town wouldn't gain anything, as then would have to drive back, undoing all the good :D Do they do a whole body type massage, or just concentrate on neck, back, and shoulders? Any info appreciated.
  • i too have been suffering terribly with muscle problems since diagnosed with disc problems , i live in uk so probably different system , i am on long waiting list for physio so i have had 2 sessions with osteopath (once a week as £40 a session), i truelly believe it is helping , he first does gentle neck manipulation just like massage then i have very tense shoulders , arms and front of chest he does massage quite rough , next day bit sore then feel so much better for few days , take less painkillers !!. i never realised until he showed be my tense muscle knots now .
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