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    Default Looking after my baby is killing my neck

    Picking up & carrying round my ds, as well as breastfeeding, is killing my neck

    Ive had chronic neck issues for years & now its getting worse again. I dont want it to get any worse than it alreadyis otherwise ill end up with blinding headaches all day every day & no idea how ill look after ds if that happens

    Im after ways I could manage this to hopefully avoid making it any worse

    I prop my elbow when breastfeeding at home, but out in public I cant really cart my pillow around. Ive tried crossing my legs & using my nappy bag but they dont really cut it

    Ds isnt used to the baby carrier yet so I only use it for really short periods

    Before anyone suggests it, I wont go to physio, chiro, osteo, massage, accupuncture etc, ive wasted thousands & thousands over the years trying many different practitioners - if im lucky it helps for a day, but no longer. I dont have the money to throw away right now

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    If professionals can't help I guess the only thing you can do is use a heat pack, grin and bear it.

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    My neck and back really play up when my anxiety is in full blown mode. I definitely found it worse when I was struggling with DD2. Have you looked into that maybe?

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    I know you said you won't try professional help but have you tried Feldenkrais? I won't say anything more in case you have. It changed my life after a car accident and no one could help.

    But yes I would also look into the anxiety.

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    I think your DS & my DD are similar age/size. I still prefer to use a pillow when feeding at home but now I kind of sit her up with her butt resting on my leg to BF when we are out - much easier on the arms & neck. Maybe you could try that? If you go along to your local baby wearing meet you could learn how to feed in a carrier - I find it easiest in a ring sling but you can also just loosen the SSC when you're out, might give you some more support? Just some ideas.

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    Thanks ladies

    Sonja ive never heard of that, ill definitely look into it

    Trying to just suffer through it at the moment

    Does any panadol go into breastmilk? So if I take it 3 times a day, every day, I need to check it wont affect ds

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    I've always taken panadol when breastfeeding. I get migraines and have needed pain relief for that.

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    I had chronic neck pain related to fairly bad injury to the discs at C4/C5 and C5/C6 from years ago, I used to take valium to stop the spasms and had scripts for a bunch of different meds including tramadol, lyrica, anti-inflamms etc.. I was always in pain and felt like I couldn't do anything.

    My GP finally decided it had been long enough without improvement or relief and referred me to have a pain management injection and it was the best thing I ever did. It's an injection performed under CT and I had it just before Xmas so I could have a week or two off work and do as little as possible, and it worked wonders. I still had little flare ups after that but ditched all my medications and fast forward a couple of years was back running etc.

    Now, I don't know the cause of your specific neck issue so obviously not sure if the same approach would work, but don't give up on health professionals, go and see a GP and demand some action. Will your DH be taking time off this coming Xmas? It might be a good time to try and tackle the issue if you need to go through a period of doing a minimal amount (obviously easier said than done with a baby, but you have to look after yourself too).

    Two of the biggest triggers for my chronic pain was 1) sitting and 2) anxiety/stress. I know that you have a lot of anxiety and that should be something to discuss with a GP also.

    Good luck

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    Thanks ive actually looked at those injections

    Gp in the past has refused to refer me cause he said I didnt need it but ive found a better gp now so hopefully ill have more luck there

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