Neck pain is the second most common musculoskeletal condition, behind low back pain.
Having neck pain can greatly impact your day. It can affect productivity at your job; it can make it difficult to complete your housework; it can make it difficult to enjoy time with your childcare; and can also be associated with headaches.
As with low back pain, over the counter pain medications, heating pads, stretching, and massage Are common therapies that many people try. They may help initially, but the pain persists. Eventually people will go to the doctor and they're prescribed prescription pain relief medications or the recommendation of back surgery is put on the table.
Each of these therapies provide an initial Band-Aid effect, but nothing gets to the root cause of the pain or issue.
Chiropractic treatment has a very positive therapeutic effect, but also may be a temporary solution.
Testosterone and neck pain: Low testosterone hormone levels can not only affect sexual function and migraines, but they also affect back and neck pain. In one clinical study, men diagnosed with hypogonadism and low testosterone hormone levels had a significant increase in back and neck pain compared to men with normal testosterone levels.
Low testosterone levels can also increase the perception of pain in fibromyalgia.The involvement of the sensation of pain and increase in muscle pain can make neck pain seem almost unbearable.
DHEA and neck pain: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Can also amplify pain. It is often thought of as a stress hormone along with cortisol. It can influence how someone “feels” the severity of pain. In one clinical study investigating the effects of DHEA and musculoskeletal pain, there was a causal relationship between the levels of DHEA and the musculoskeletal pain. As discussed before, musculoskeletal pain in the neck can be debilitating.