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neck "hump"-diagnosed as muscle spasms. help

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 30, 2006
  • 08:51 AM

so ive had this hump on my neck right at the base where it meets my shoulders. its right on top of the spine and goes across over it. so if im standing the mirror its like a hunch right there but im standing up straight. If that can even explain it. i can always try and get pictures if i have to.

but anyways. Ive had it for years and probably 4 years ago I went to a russian massage woman and asked her about it while she was doing the massage and she said it was just tight muscles. and that i should put heat on for 15 minutes and then ice for 15 minutes.

then just recently i went to the doctor for other things and asked her about it and they did xrays and took blood. i think they were checking thyroid or I dunno what they were checking but anyways. they said my spine completely fine and that its muscles. most likely muscle spasms. she said i could seek physical therapy for it or massage.

problem is i also have agoraphobia and i really dont like strange people touching me anymore. :-\

basically i just want to know if anyone else has this same problem and what have you done about it?? Ive massaged it using tennis balls and had my boyfriend and my mom massage it as well and i think it gets smaller but it just makes it really sore when its rubbed. its not sore when i dont rub it but i kind of feel like my neck can never be straight. if that makes sense.

help??

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  • Hello, I've recently been doing a lot of reading about Cushings... I remember reading about not only having the hump in the back of the neck but on either side in the front. May or may not be the same thing ?? http://www.cushings-help.com/buffalo_hump.htmThere is a message board with other people's experiences/symptoms on this site also that might be of help. Good luck! TF
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    • November 1, 2006
    • 00:24 AM
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  • me again... was browsing the cushings board because I have to get retested and was looking for more info. Found some specific links. they're referring to them as subclavical fat padshttp://cushings.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=14772
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    • November 1, 2006
    • 00:54 AM
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  • Hey there Alissa. I have the very same "hump" thing you are talking about. I have had it about 8 years and it is sometimes bigger and sometimes smaller, almost gone. I've been told it was tight muscles (somewhat believable) and I was also told it's just fat (not believable at all bc it is sometimes big and sometimes small without any other weight loss/gain). I have fibromyalgia and was told that it may be related to that. I've also heard the thyroid connection, but my thyroid always comes back ok in testing. I do have a reverse curve in my neck (making my head further forward sort of) and a chiro told me that my hump was my neck trying to hold my head up (like the muscles were strained like a crane holds up a big load). I would be interested to know if you have any other symptoms (anemia, PCOS, hormone imbalances, low body temp, etc)....people just don't take this thing seriously and it DOES hurt and it is annoying and doesn't look that great. I am only 25 and I don't want a neck hump! :) Email me at blessed_bliss@yahoo.com.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2006
    • 04:19 AM
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  • hello, i think i also have the same problem with my neck, i have the hump right underneath my shoulders and it feels like its my spine, not muscles..im not really sure what it is but its soo painful i cant sit, stand or lay down. Im constantly trying to straighten myself up so it doesnt hurt as much. im only 18 years old and im terrifed to get it checked out..im supposed to be goign to the doctor in 2 days. i really think that my spine is sticking out and is causing alot of pain, i was just wondering if anyone had any advice to give me. i really REALLY dont want to get surgery...im terrified of pain... is there any other procedures i could get done?
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    • November 2, 2006
    • 03:17 AM
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  • hello, i think i also have the same problem with my neck, i have the hump right underneath my shoulders and it feels like its my spine, not muscles..im not really sure what it is but its soo painful i cant sit, stand or lay down. Im constantly trying to straighten myself up so it doesnt hurt as much. im only 18 years old and im terrifed to get it checked out..im supposed to be goign to the doctor in 2 days. i really think that my spine is sticking out and is causing alot of pain, i was just wondering if anyone had any advice to give me. i really REALLY dont want to get surgery...im terrified of pain... is there any other procedures i could get done?thats how mine feels but its not my spine its just really tense muscles over my spine that are so tense that it feels as though its just my spine. Id be really interested to hear what your doctor tells you. im only 21 so Im young as well and would be interested. Im also thinking of taking pictures of mine to compare. so if youd like to see id be willing to share them.email me at alissa.shreddah@gmail.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 00:30 AM
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  • well good news and bad...i went to the hospital to get x-rays done and that was about a week and a half ago by now..the bad news is they still havent gotten back to me on it...i called and everything but noone will tell me whats wrong. the good news is the pain isnt there anymore? which doesnt really make any since whatsoever. the hump is still there but i can actaully go to work for 8 hours and my neck not hurt. the only time it hurts is right before i go to bed because ive been straning it all day..so i really dont know whats going on?..im so confused and frusturated because i know theres something wrong but noone is telling me exactly what ...so i dunno if it was just the muscles around it like you said or if there really is soemthign wrong with my spine? if ud like to compare pictures with me id be happy to! my email is melissacromwell16@hotmail.comthanks for the help!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
    • 02:34 AM
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  • I have a hump like described by others on this post and that is one reason the doctors 'thought' I may have Cushing's syndrome years ago back in 1991. My hump has nearly gone as I have been doing pilates for two years (until recently when my health took a sharp nose dive). My hump was caused by slouching over most of my life due to feeling self conscious and having hyper mobile syndrome HMS. My muscles developed wrongly to try and compensate for my neck hanging over. It takes quite a while to straighten out the hump. A good osteopath can be helpful and a one to one pilates instructor (group classes for pilates aren't appropriate) It may cost a bit to see a pilates instructor and/or osteo but is financially worth not ending up like a hunch back with more skeletal problems that could end up with unnecessary and damaging spinal surgery. Pilates educates a person how to correctly stand, sit and walk. If you take a look around you, you might be quite surprised how many people have humps, and it is all due to incorrect posture.I also have my pilates instructor do Rolfing (info available on the web) on me. It can be very painful, but some of these knots are like iron and take some shifting. Some rolfing instructors are developing the lighter approach and this is just as effective. I have a high pain threshold, which worries my instructor as he is worried about hurting me as I don't complain. I good rolfing instructor will have anyone feel the difference very soon into a few treatments.Pilates helps to keep us free from the 'hump' by getting rid of the reason it developed in the first place, bad posture.The hump can feel so tight that it feels as though it is a bone structure problem, that is why the bones look normal in X-ray, because they are normal, they are just out of the correct elighnment. Depending on the individual and their activity will determine if the hump hurts or not.Mine would be totally gone now, but due to my fatigue and having to deal with a million and one other things in my life at the moment I have been a bit slack. Plus, since I know what it is I don't worry about it, as I know if i knuckled down and did the exercises suggested I would be totally rid of it in four months or so. By all means AVOID surgery. If an X-ray shows no bone abnormality then it is all muscular and can be rectified with time and patience.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2006
    • 01:39 PM
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  • I have the same thing. Mine is on the back bottom part of my neck/shoulders. I have had it since I was 16 or so. I am now 18 and I am so embarressed about it. I make sure that when I get my hair cut, its long enough to hide this awful problem. I hate having this awful thing on the back of my neck. I have heard a bunch of people make fun of people with problems like this, calling it disgusting and 'oh my god, what wrong with her?!?!?'.I dont want to go to the doctor, I really hate the thought of my parents finding out about it. I need help, too!!!HELP!
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  • I have the same thing and have since my first pregnancy and I have very bad posture and mine always hurts all the time sometimes if I don't do much it doesn't, but I have a three year old and 6 month old so it makes it hurt as I have to carry them sometimes. I had X rays once and one Doctor told me that I had a diseased disc and said I should start physical therapy. Then I moved from there and was supposed to have my records sent to the next place and they never got here and so I had to get retested and that Doctor said nothing was wrong so I never got the Physical therapy. I've had the hump as far back as I can remember a little over 3 years and oh yeah I can pop it and it pop's when I push it all the time, tiny little pops. It seems to be more to the right side. Well I dono what wrong but my back hurts alot because of it. I hate it!
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  • im 16yr old and i have a hump on my neck i got x-rays and an mri scan last year cause i have really bad back pain and my arms get weak and i cant left heavy things and cant walk or sit to long now i cant even do my GCSES cause of it doctors say i have a slight curve on my spine its most common in girls and i think its called scoloisis
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  • Here's a short list of sites that I have found extremely helpful.My back (and neck) pain it seems were caused mostly from bad posture. Even if it's not the sole reason for back or neck pain, there are some excercises you can do that will help a lot... The best site I've found so far is by Dr Bookspan (www.drbookspan.com)I found this link and several other good resources at www.AboutNeckPain.org ... I also had my eyes opened as to the quality of pillow I lay my head on every night. I went with the Snooztime pillow and it has helped me.Hope someone finds these sites helpful.Good Day & God Bless
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  • It is possibly a beginning of what is called Dowager's hump.Basically what happens is literally your body builds extra tissue on the base of your neck to help your muscles to keep the head on the shoulders. It is always associated with Forwarded Head Posture, Increased Thoracic Kyphosis. Very often you can have related neck, shoulder or back pain that come with it.Recommended:1. Strengthening exercises for you 1.1 Deep cervical flexors 1.2 Upper and Middle Trapezius 2. Stretching 2.1 Pectoralis Minor 2.2 Levator Scapulae 2.3 Anterior and Posterior Scalenes 2.4 Suboccipitals3. Complete postural assessment by a qualified Corrective Exercise Specialist (C.H.E.K practitioner)3. Proper ergonomics at work, at home and in the car4. Massage recommended only by a qualified massage therapist that knows anatomy well and only on the tight muscles. Overall massage can make it worse5. Basic information on Foundational Principles of Health and Healing athttp://feeds.feedburner.com/wholelivingpodcastBe Well
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  • I have a hump like described by others on this post and that is one reason the doctors 'thought' I may have Cushing's syndrome years ago back in 1991. My hump has nearly gone as I have been doing pilates for two years (until recently when my health took a sharp nose dive). My hump was caused by slouching over most of my life due to feeling self conscious and having hyper mobile syndrome HMS. My muscles developed wrongly to try and compensate for my neck hanging over. It takes quite a while to straighten out the hump. A good osteopath can be helpful and a one to one pilates instructor (group classes for pilates aren't appropriate) It may cost a bit to see a pilates instructor and/or osteo but is financially worth not ending up like a hunch back with more skeletal problems that could end up with unnecessary and damaging spinal surgery. Pilates educates a person how to correctly stand, sit and walk. If you take a look around you, you might be quite surprised how many people have humps, and it is all due to incorrect posture.I also have my pilates instructor do Rolfing (info available on the web) on me. It can be very painful, but some of these knots are like iron and take some shifting. Some rolfing instructors are developing the lighter approach and this is just as effective. I have a high pain threshold, which worries my instructor as he is worried about hurting me as I don't complain. I good rolfing instructor will have anyone feel the difference very soon into a few treatments.Pilates helps to keep us free from the 'hump' by getting rid of the reason it developed in the first place, bad posture.The hump can feel so tight that it feels as though it is a bone structure problem, that is why the bones look normal in X-ray, because they are normal, they are just out of the correct elighnment. Depending on the individual and their activity will determine if the hump hurts or not.Mine would be totally gone now, but due to my fatigue and having to deal with a million and one other things in my life at the moment I have been a bit slack. Plus, since I know what it is I don't worry about it, as I know if i knuckled down and did the exercises suggested I would be totally rid of it in four months or so. By all means AVOID surgery. If an X-ray shows no bone abnormality then it is all muscular and can be rectified with time and patience.Agape,searchingsamI also have this painful hump, but when I did yoga daily all last year it went away. Unfortunately this year I got out of practice and it came back. But yoga, like pilates, definitely helps.
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  • Please everyone......I've had all of the same symptoms. Showed my doc that I have the "buffalo" hump. She is now testing me for Cushings and thyroid via blood tests. Not sure if I trust them, as I know I have the hump, fatigue, pain and lyme disease. I'm thinking it's all related.......lyme, thyroid, cushings, weight gain, etc. Docs in this age know less than we do with all that is available on the internet. But they still try to help us ..............additional blood test results. Sad, but frustrating for we who likely know more than they do with all of their years of study. Hey....guess what docs? I've been sick with lyme for 15 years, likely more than most of you have graduated. Still .....they don't get it or understand. Sad :(
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  • hey 2 yrs ago i had that same thing the hump i am now fifteen and 2 yrs ago i took some kind of thyroid pill its supposed to improve ur thyroids or something and it went away completely and never came back just recently i was tested negative for thyroid problems so i dont know how it helped but it really did so i recomend it i dont know what it was called but i remember that the ingredients were all natural hope u all get rid of it
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  • I have this same hump. I have had it for several years. My husband is a chiropractor, he says it comes from my "reverse curve" in my neck, which my x-rays confirm. There are exercises on an aparatus that will correct it, if you follow through and do it every day (which as a busy working Mom, I don't do) I've also have seen some info regarding pilates exercises that seem to help.
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