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BartonFink
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Hi.. I'm quite worried. I have been having this stiffness (mainly on the neck, shoulders and upper back) for 2-3 months already and its just getting worse. There is some mild pain in the neck too. No matter how I try to relax and do some exercises, it doesnt help. And somehow the neck feels very weak too, like it couldnt keep my head up. It always gets worse when I try to do something.

I searched the archives and found that many have had the same thing. I'm just wondering if this could be somehow dangerous... anyone else battling with this? Thanks..

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Has your doctor looked at you regarding the stiffness?

Once, years ago, I had strep throat and had such extreme stiffness I couldn't turn my head to look to the side ... I think it would be good for your doctor to determine it's the Lyme making you stiff.

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I've had the pain and severe stiffness in my head, neck, and shoulders - I had the worst herx in those areas, too, after minocycline.

I didn't have weakness so much, though I had something similar happen in my upper arms. Specifically, if I squeezed my hands to make a muscle, the muscle would bulge only for a second, and even though I was still squeezing, the muscle would collapse. Actually, this happened in my thighs, too, though more severely in my upper arms.

I'm guessing it has something to do with a loss of signal from your brain to your head and neck - another reason why I think electromagnetic pollution is involved.

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Most likely infection or lactic acid buildup. I read recently that lactic acid is the body's way of containing and moving toxins along. I'm not sure if that is correct.

Massage is the remedy for my neck issues. I see her weekly. She gives me a discount for coming regular. She gets me out of pain when no one else can.

Right after starting aggressive abx treatment for H. Pylori, my neck went into horrific spasms. I can only assume the abx killed more than just HP.
My massage therapist was out with an injury for several weeks right at this time. I made numerous visits to the chiropractor and even tried the D.O. without success.

Finally, the therapist came back to work. She is very good at finding the lactic acid bubbles. I sounded like bubble wrap as she popped the bubbles and was pretty flu-like feeling the rest of that day. I drank tons of water and by the next day, my neck was back to normal and never has gotten that bad again. I never miss my massage appointments.

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