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This week I’ve really struggled with my neck pain. It’s been a tough week trying to cope and manage things as best I can. I even had a day off work, which I don’t like to do, but just felt I had to as I couldn’t cope with the pain at my desk all day. I wanted share with you the three products that have helped me cope this week and tell you where you can get them from.
What has made my pain worse
The main triggers for my pain are sitting, sitting abnormally, and stress and anxiety. This week I’m convinced that the cold weather has made my pain worse. I’ve never really noticed how the weather has affected me before, but I’ve heard a lot of people say it affects them.
My pain was really bad on Monday. I was at a meeting in work and was absolutely freezing; I couldn’t get warm. I later read that the cold weather makes the muscles tense, so this makes perfect sense in terms of my neck pain: my muscles tighten up and cause pain, often resulting in headaches too.
The three products that have helped me cope with my pain
Because of the nature of my pain, I don’t just use one product or one form of pain management to help. It usually takes two or three different things to reduce my pain to a level that is bearable.
This week I used the following three products – which are all available from Amazon via the links below.
Also known as Kinesiology Tape. I love this stuff. The science behind it really makes a lot of sense to me and whenever I’ve used it, I’ve had some relief. It’s pretty cheap too, and comes in lots of different colours.
I usually wear it for a few days at a time. Any longer, and my skin starts to itch and it’s annoying. It’s a little painful taking it off, but the benefit of using it far outweighs this.
Read more about physio tape in my blog post 3 not so obvious things I do to manage my neck pain.
A new heat pack
Heat is good for chronic pain. I got a new heat pack for Christmas. I specifically asked for this design as I knew it would target my neck properly and I could use it sitting or standing. It’s simple and easy to use – 1 minute 40 in the microwave is perfect for me – and it stays hot for a good amount of time too.
Tiger Balm Neck and Shoulder Rub
This is something new I’ve tried this week. I simply did a search for ‘neck pain’ on Amazon (I love their app!) and this appeared in the search results. It arrived the next day (as I am a Prime Member) and it seemed to help as soon as I put it on. It didn’t take away the pain completely, but it certainly reduced it.
When my pain is bad, one way I describe how it makes me feel is that I want to rip my head off my shoulders. Anything that stops me having this feeling and wanting to do this, is a good thing. And all of the above seemed to help me.
What products do you use to help you cope with your pain>
What do you do differently when you have a bad pain flare-up?
Have you tried the products I’ve talked about above?