Why neck pain has become such a serious problem
With the hustle and bustle of the modern world, head and neck pain are a relatively common side effect of our personal health care and a hard day’s work, but it is not something to be taken lightly, especially if it is persistent or does not go away when rested.
I found out the hard way that such pain can be symptomatic of more severe conditions than stress, and I learned some great coping mechanisms along the way.
It started out for me when I first started working as a writer. I would typically spend numerous hours in front of the computer screen every day, and my head would just be pounding at the end of the day. I would typically take a few Tylenol and then be on my way, and at first that really worked.
I became worried when my back head and neck pain started to get worse and become more frequent, so I would try to stand up and stretch and get away from the computer for a while, and it did help. As soon as I would go back to the computer, however, it would all come right back and, on some occasions, be even worse than before.
I finally decided to go and see the doctor for a back pain treatment and let him know what I was experiencing, and I am really glad that I did. As it turned out, I had moderately high blood pressure of which I was completely unaware.
He said I probably did not realize that I had it because I had not worked in a very stressful job before that, and because I was not getting nearly as much exercise as I once had, now that I was at the computer several hours a day.
I was happy to find that out, and got on some medication to deal with the issue, but I still did not know what caused the neck pain. I talked to my doctor about it, and he said that it could be a number of factors, from the way I was sitting, to the position of my computer screen, and said the most important thing was to find a way of sitting where I felt the most comfortable.
I worked on it, and eventually found a way of positioning myself at my work station where I felt more comfortable, and within a few weeks, head and neck pain were simply no longer an issue.
Fortunately, it seems that computers, keyboards, office chairs and office equipment in general are more ergonomic these days so that head and neck pain don’t have to be an issue for most people.
I would suggest however, that someone experiencing these problems should get them checked out as soon as possible. It could simply be a matter of stress, but it could also be something more severe.