I've been told by my neurologists that I have a significant number of lesions in my C-spine area. I generally tend to sleep on my back at night, as my legs get tingly and cramp when sleeping on my side. However, after a few hours I'm awakened by pain and soreness in the back of my neck. Do you know of a device that can help and am I inflicting more damage by putting pressure in the area? Thank you. Sleepless in San Diego.
The pain in your neck while sleeping is almost certainly not related to your MS. You need to find a better pillow. If you go on-line you will find an entire cottage industry devoted to the relief of neck pain while sleeping. It will require some experimentation on your part but you should find something that offers relief.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Director of Hillcrest Neurology
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego