Hope you can help,i had a stroke 8 weeks ago tomorrow, ive been told im currently doing well each day, but the last week i have had awful pain in the back of my neck, im due an MRI scan tomorrow, to see if the hemorrhage has desolved.
Is this normal as i thought i was doing really well, as well as neck pain im having what i call a Fog Headache.
I have brain fog like a fuzzy head or hangover feeling. I always try to drink more water as we need extra hydration and a bit more rest before it turns into fatigue. Not sure if others agree but this is my routine.
Neck pain I’m not sure, but I have problems with the left side of my neck a sort of tightness and burning feeling or hot trickle sometimes. I’m not sure of your description but you can ask tomorrow or ask your GP. Or it could be your pillow I bought a special pillow to help my neck cannot remember the name but like a memory foam.
I had my stroke 4 weeks ago tomorrow and i noticed the same thing over the weekend as well. i have got the hospital on Monday and will be asking this question as well. Good luck with your MRI and i hope you get the answers you want.
Hello. I had a haemorrage over 2 years ago and get pain in my neck quite often! I had a scan recently all was ok. Consultant seemed unconcerned re pain. Could be neuropathic pain which can develop after a stroke or idiopathic (unexplained) pain. Trouble is any pain can be make you think (quite naturally) something is wrong - as I can vouch for! Best wishes.
@kermit69 i have the foggy head issue too now and again.
I’m with the others that responded and agree you should mention the neck pain to your GP and get it checked out.
Perhaps, Just a thought here, I’m not sure what mobility issues you have (if any) however if it’s muscular pain it could be because you’re moving your body differently and compensating with other muscles. For instance my hubby has a dodgy leg (not stroke related) and now has back issues/pain because of his walking gait.
Hope all goes well with the MRI tomorrow, best wishes
@kermit69 i wonder if your neck pain could be caused by you moving your head differently post stroke? When i first had my stroke I was “afraid” to move my head too much as I thought it would aggravate my dissected carotid artery. It then caused me neck pain.
Neck pain could also be responsible for your headache.
I would definitely mention it to your dr / when you go for your scan.
Those were my thoughts. There are so many possible causes. Neuro- or MSk.
Early days. Takes a while for the new normal to emerge. it’s possible to predict things will improve but not certain and different folks will get different gains and strains over time
What is sure is you have to be prepared for things to be up and down and most will but some won’t be explainable
Yes I get a lot of neck pain which can be very disconcerting and can send you into a spiral of worry as I know too well. I had a scan recently and all was normal. Consultant was unconcerned said was Neuropathic, Idiopathic (unexplained).
I take Amitriptyline for pain. I try and be philosophical when get pain (not easy!) and tell myself I have had it many times before and it has gone away before. Best wishes.
I am always pushing to do more with my arm. I can now use it too help with washing my hair, doing light switches etc
I think a lot of my neck pain comes from the effort of all my muscles being activated on my right when I want to lift my arm nor just the actually needed ones.
After the wrist pain I took two months off exercising it to extend the range of movement and I get less now. I’m still stuff in the neck but less sharp pain
Hello - sorry to hear your story and that you are in pain. I had a vertebral artery dissection and a stroke in May last year at 45 yrs old. I took myself back to hospital in November as I was in so much neck and head pain. So paranoid about any pain and convinced I’d had another dissection. Scans apparently showed nothing and dr said that if over the counter medicines can deal with the pain I shouldn’t worry so much. Paracetamol did nothing but then started to take the paracetamol with caffeine and that slowly shifted it. As someone else mentioned, reminding myself I’ve had pains in the past does help.