Base of neck hurts after more than 3 miles of running. Why?

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    May 12, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    Ok, this happens to me regardless of where I do my jogging/running (ie. in the gym, on the street). After about three or so miles, the base of my neck right between and slightly above my shoulder blades starts hurting/feeling tense. Any ideas as to how to stop this from happening? Thanks!
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    May 12, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    Maybe you could stretch before you run, and then stop and stretch again when you feel this sensation. It sounds like the muscles in your neck and shoulders may be very tense.
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    May 12, 2008 5:14 AM GMT
    also see a trainer or a specialist in Alexander technique. Yuo probably will find its nothing more than your arms and shoulders are not relaxed when running and nothing more sinister which is where your mind is wandering and amplifying the issue

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    May 12, 2008 6:02 AM GMT
    A lot of people tense their upper body when they run. Relax your neck and shoulders and keep your head looking straight ahead. Your arms should be moving straight back and forth and not across your body and they should be at a 90 degree angle. That might help alleviate some of the tension unless you have another physiological problem.
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    May 12, 2008 6:29 AM GMT
    you might want to try a run/walk ratio to give yourself some time during the run to concentrate on releasing tension in your upper body...

    I wish I had a great solution, unfortunately I too am dealing with major tension [and a huge knot] in my neck which required an MRI this past week...

    ...muscle relaxers may also help, but they make you REALLY sleepy...

    - David
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    May 12, 2008 6:51 AM GMT
    It's because a mean old Goa'uld symbiote leapt out of that puddle of water you ran by, burrowed into your flesh, and has wrapped itself around your cervical vertebrae and is attempting to subjugate you to its evil will. I recommend contacting the nearest Tok'ra operative and request its assistance in the matter before you become the meat puppet for an egomaniacal parasite with a god complex bent on galactic domination. I hope that helps!icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 12, 2008 6:53 AM GMT
    RBY71 saidIt's because a mean old Goa'uld symbiote leapt out of that puddle of water you ran by, burrowed into your flesh, and has wrapped itself around your cervical vertebrae and is attempting to subjugate you to its evil will. I recommend contacting the nearest Tok'ra operative and request its assistance in the matter before you become the meat puppet for an egomaniacal parasite with a god complex bent on galactic domination. I hope that helps!icon_biggrin.gif



    LOL!
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    May 12, 2008 11:26 AM GMT
    Go to the doctor...?

    Other comments are great, too. I'd just want to clear something major (say, herniated disk or crack/fissure) before I continued doing activities and make it worse/irrepairable.
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    May 12, 2008 11:51 AM GMT
    triguy01 saidI'd just want to clear something major (say, herniated disk or crack/fissure) before I continued doing activities and make it worse/irrepairable.


    Definitely, if the pain is so bad that it makes you stop running, you should go see a doctor.
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    May 12, 2008 11:54 AM GMT
    Definitely go to the doctor. A friend of mine had similar symptoms and it turned out to be lung cancer that had metastasized to the spine. I'm sure you're fine but better to be safe than sorry.
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    May 12, 2008 3:49 PM GMT
    Stand up straight soldier! Your head weighs about as much as a bowling ball, if you're leaning forward and your head is extended in front of you, your neck muscles are supporting all that weight with no other support from your spine. If you straightened up and your head rested on top of your spine it would take the pressure off your neck and shoulder muscles.



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    May 12, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice everyone! I'm going to start with the less major steps, especially looking at my running posture. I do not keep my arms anywhere close to a 90 degrees when I'm running. As for the stargate reference, I'll leave that one for last, haha.
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    May 12, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    RBY71 saidIt's because a mean old Goa'uld symbiote leapt out of that puddle of water you ran by, burrowed into your flesh, and has wrapped itself around your cervical vertebrae and is attempting to subjugate you to its evil will. I recommend contacting the nearest Tok'ra operative and request its assistance in the matter before you become the meat puppet for an egomaniacal parasite with a god complex bent on galactic domination. I hope that helps!icon_biggrin.gif


    LOL!!!!

    No more Star Gate: SG1 or Atlantis for you.