Just as I’m beginning to see results with my gym workouts ( I actually have visible biceps now:-), I’ve also been trying to solve the mystery of this new, and very nagging neck and shoulder muscle pain Ive been experiencing ever since I began those workouts.

At first I thought maybe I was just over-doing it with the weights, but I only go to the gym 2-3 times a week and I spend less than 30 minutes on the actual weight machines, so I figure it can’t be that. I can understand being a little sore after beginning a new exercise routine, but Ive been in pain since the very first day ( 4 months now) . The pain and stiffness is persistent and tends to get really bad in the middle of the night. Sometimes it gets so intense, that I actually have to get out of bed to get any relief. Between my breathing problems and this new muscle pain, its getting to the point where I’m unable to get very much restful sleep.

I discussed this with my primary care doc, and thinks it could be from not stretching the opposing muscles groups properly. She also thinks that I don’t drink enough water during the day to flush out the accumulated lactic acid that builds up in my muscles. Then there’s also the question of whether some of medications I take have anything to do with this ….All these things sound logical I guess.

I don’t know if you remember, but I also had a problem with my calve muscles cramping up all the time. I think we concluded that the cramping was caused by too much walking, improper hydration and steroids. Maybe the same is true for this new problem?

If any of you fitness people have any advice on what might be causing this problem or how I can treat it , Id certainly appreciate hearing from you. I’ll probably start going to Physical Therapy once a week and sign up for a yoga class at the gym, to see if that helps.

The main reason I started going to the gym in the first place was because I wanted to add weight training to my walking regimen and tone up a little bit. I’m very interested to see if this type of cross- training will make a difference at the Rome marathon next year.

Thanks !

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3 thoughts on “Pain in the neck.

  1. Joey says:

    Totally OT, but you don’t have me linked in your “Blogroll” I know you lost a lot when you switched over urls, so I thought I’d let you know so you can add it when you have a moment.

    As for the cramping, I find I get that when my O2 levels are low or I’m not well, but I also have them as part of my M.E and FMS, hope it gets sorted soon!

  2. Heidi says:

    Two weeks back I took care of a patient with brittle asthma, who has to constantly wear knee braces and a neck brace. I asked her if she was in a car accident and oddly enough she said no. She explained to me that all the cartilege in her joints disinegrated from all the prednisone over the years. Weird I though, but horrific. I felt so bad for this little lady.

    I’m not saying it’s a possibility, but it’s probably wise to get checked for osteo arthritis.

    I’m an advair girl myself, and as much as I hate being on “steriods” too I know that I’d be in a world of trouble without them.

    I hope you get to the bottom of the pain soon!

  3. Hey. I get sore in the neck and shoulders when I first start back working out and I agree with the doc, stretching and water are key. I also like working out the neck to strengthen it for this reason.

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