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thermodynamic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 07:52 PM
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What's the best way to combat muscle pain?
My neck hurts!

Worse, as I rub the sides of my neck, I can feel a small lump on the left side. Knotted muscle?

What can I do? What should I do?

Thanks!

And, no, I will not consider amputation. Thanks anyway. :D
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bratcatinok Donating Member (786 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 07:54 PM
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1. Moist heat and
an anti-inflammatory like aspirin or motrin.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:02 PM
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6. I agree with the moist heat, and consider advil also.
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 07:55 PM
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2. do a search under melsky
She had a bad sore neck in the last 10 days and got lots of good advice.


Cher
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Parrcrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 07:55 PM
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3. medicated rub like ben gay
or tiger balm. The lump is a concern though. are you sure its a muscle knot?
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kanrok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 07:56 PM
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4. If it's a strain or sprain, or simply stress related:
Try 2 ibuprofen (100mg each), take a hot bath and go to sleep.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:00 PM
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5. I have yet to find a cure for a sore neck
IMO, it's the most annoying minor pain in life. The only therapy is time.

Actually, smoking pot helps a little.. So I've heard.
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Champion Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:17 PM
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7. Funny you should ask.... I just fixed my hot tub and did 45 mins at
104 degrees and all I can say is.....
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:36 PM
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8. Arnica gel
Works for me every time and it doesn't smell or irritate the skin like camphorated products. It may cause the muscle pain to travel downward, though, in which case you keep applying where it goes till the pain disappears through the bottom of your feet.
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elfin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 09:55 PM
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9. Ibuprofen, massage, hot pack. sleep
Parafon Forte used to be my favorite prescription years ago - closest thing to it OTC is Momentem or Doan's for muscle. Ibuprofen if don't have either of those.
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drdon326 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 10:05 PM
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10. Aruba.
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Habibi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 10:13 PM
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11. It's not a tumah!
Seriously, good advice here. A good massage therapist can be a blessing.
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