This is my online journal of the struggle
to overcome neck pain which developed into a herniated disc between C5-C6 and ultimately neck surgery. I have no medical
qualifications or expertise. My intent is to personally track my own journey and in so doing, to share it with
others who are at some point in their own neck pain journey. Perhaps you will learn from my experience, or will
be able to add a comment that will in turn help others.
If you are reading this, then you probably already have
or know someone close to you who has neck or back pain. I wish you well. For me, this has definitely turned into
a marathon and not a sprint, which I originally was hoping for. Good Luck to you.
I've been using the pillow for about 3 months now I believe. I used to go to sleep on my side and wake up on my back every
night. Now I'm a side sleeper. That means with this pillow I have to place my head on either the left or right side of center.
If I lie on my back, I lie in the middle of the pillow. There is an indent for my head in the middle and the pillow definitely
cradles the back of my neck, and this is the important part as I found out. It gently forces the neck back into its natural
curve. I think my neck was unnaturally straight after leaing forward to work at a computer for years. Initially, I felt muscle
discomfort and tightness, so I definitely recommend getting used to it slowly. Having said that, I do believe this pillow
promotes a healthy neck and spine. It is holding up really well and is really well made.
Sept 29, 2014 update. Time to get a new pillow. I have read that all pillows need to be replaced
every 2 years or so. Still impresed with how this pillow has helped my neck.
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Here I am 1 year after surgery, in the Fall of 2009.
Happy days; a far cry from my pain one year earlier. Below you can view a closeup of my scar.
My scar 1 year after surgery
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My scar after neck pain surgery. Dr. Albert explained to me that access is much simpler going through
the front of the neck and eliminates cutting through any muscle which would extend recovery time. In fact, he told me
that it is possible to use a finger and push through the neck to the back of the neck or spine. Read my Blog entry about how I prevented any ugly scarring on my neck using ReJuveness silicone and scar cream. It really works!
This blog is based on actual events as I remember them. I have no medical expertise or background. Please consult your own
doctor with regard to treating a neck or back pain condition you may have. Wishing you good luck and a quick recovery!