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Old 03-21-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
Neil Rae
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I recently started getting an intense build-up of pain/tension at top of my neck/base of my head right at the hairline when doing pullups. First couple reps are fine, then the pain increases exponentially untill I have to stop after only a couple more. I sort of feel like I'm getting choked out. Once I let go the acute pain subsides and the tension only gradually relaxes over the next few minutes but is back the second I do another rep. It's been two weeks and I've given myself 3 or 4 days between attempts.

I don't feel like I have a kink in my neck at other times and feel nothing when doing rows/other back exercise or heavy presses. I don't think its form related, I have a descent kip and it's been one of my favorite exercises so it's not a too much too soon thing I don't think. I recently discovered an extra thick 4" bar(children's swing set)and am ****ed I not getting to use it. It was wrecking my forearms!

Anyone out there with anything similiar? I guess I'll get checked out by Dr. next week but thought I'd ask. If anyone has come across odds are good it's a CF'er.

Thank in advance,

Neil

1st post, hope I didn't screw it up
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:58 PM   #2
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Neil,
Definitely get checked out by your conventional guy first to rule out major pathologies. This is not normal.

If you get checked out and nothing can be found (x-ray at least, MRI would be preferable), then email/PM me and I can give you ideas for alternative methods/practitioners.
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:15 PM   #3
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This is also my first post. I had almost exactly the same thing happen to me today for the first time. I wold love to hear if your doctor has any suggestions or diagnosis. I'm wondering if I am too tense or tight and it's pulling tension on my cervical spine.
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:25 PM   #4
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Think I got this figured out....

A physical therapist/trainer buddy of mine I called emphasised neck neutrality. Having just switched to an extra thick bar for pull-ups, I was inadvertantly looking up at the bar, rather than staying neutral. I also had just switched office chairs at work, which might have had contributed to general tension. The Boss thinks sitting on a swiss ball is "unproffessional". Cheaper than an Aeron though....

I gave myself a few days off, and now it's so far so good. If it comes back I'll go get checked out.

Thanks for the input,

Neil
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:31 PM   #5
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Hope it works out Neil. If so, good detective work.
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