Question for drivers who have neuromuscular pain

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  1. Solo Soul

    Solo Soul Medium Load Member

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    Hello everyone, I hope everyone is doing well.
    Lately I have been trying hard to stay away from pain medication. I am trying to tough out the pain. I have neck pain that radiates to my shoulder blades and upper traps. But neck pain is actually what bothers me the most. It affects my eyes too. Every couple of hours I get out of the car, do my PT moves, takes deep breaths, walk a little bit and then get back to driving. The whole process doesn't take more than 5 minutes. Although the pain doesn't go away, it is there 24/7, but this break every couple of hours makes it tolerable.
    Any of you have chronic muscle pains? How do you manage driving 12 hours a day without medication?
    Thank you!
     
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    I take gabapentin for nerve pain as well as epidurals in my spine 4 times a year and lots of ibuprofen and a $3000.00 seat.
    I still hurt but stretching and exercise helps
     
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    Are you a full-time trucker? I mean 70 hour weeks?
     
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    I own my own trucks and trailers.
    Full time I guess I only need to work about 35 hours a week drive time. I average 1500 to 1800 miles a week but I run percentage not mileage. So far this year 73,000 miles
     
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    Chronic pain is so bad sir. 2.5 years and I am still not used to it. What is going to become of me? I am preparing for ASVAB to get into USAF. Not sure if they appreciate employees with neck pain.
     
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    Many use cannabis for pain management, and it works ( much to the dismay of the medical community, who stand to lose billions) but obviously, not if you're a trucker. Over the counter pain meds are like for children who may eat the entire bottle, they barely work, and of course, any prescription meds are out too. If you don't do Tylenol, the only solution is to stop and get out on a regular basis, even before you start to hurt. Kind of funny, it was the pain that kept many of us awake, even though Nancy Reagan thought otherwise.
     
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    Good chiropractor that specializes in soft tissue manipulation. Along with strengthening exercises.
     
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    The OP mentioned ‘driving a car’. That may be the root of your problems. Cars are some of the most uncomfortable, and poorly designed machines to operate long-term than anything designed by humans. Make adjustments/alternative mode of travel may be needed.
     
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