Miracle Stiff-Neck Cure

Bottom Line: Your diet is too acidic.

Have you ever had your neck stiffen up so that it was extremely painful just to turn your head? A doctor would call this a “sub-clinical” condition because it is not caused by a disease. Sub-clinical conditions also do not get much research because they are not considered serious. Of course, if you cannot turn your head far enough to see where you are going when backing your car out of a parking space, it could become very serious indeed for somebody walking behind you.

Sub-clinical conditions are a hobby of mine. When you have something as complicated as the human body, and no research being done on a condition, you have a good mystery to solve.

One day in February 2008, I woke up with intense pain in my upper back, between my shoulder blades. It was incredibly intense; like I had been stabbed. I literally almost could not get out of bed. I eventually staggered over to my computer and started researching. Once I made the “too acidic diet” conclusion, I ate a handful of Walgreens brand antacid tablets, which are a Tums knock-off. (If you don’t have Walgreens or Tums in your country, any calcium-carbonate antacid would work fine.) I felt the difference almost immediately. I was up and shadow-boxing in just a few minutes. It felt like a miracle. I used the antacid because everything I had in the house was acidic, which is how I got into this condition in the first place, of course.

There are many reasons to “eat your greens”, but probably the most over-looked one is that they help you maintain your acid/alkaline balance. Staying in balance is crucial to health and probably why the folk remedy of using fresh fruit to cure the cold, flu, etc. works so well. The slogan, “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” probably has its roots in the fact that apples are alkaline.

While researching this, I found many web sites claiming that you can incur this sort of pain by “sleeping wrong.” I think that is crazy. The very idea of “sleeping injuries” seems ridiculous to me. Yes, you can sleep on your arm and cut off the circulation, but do we really need to work on our sleeping skills to avoid injury in this “dangerous” activity? I don’t think so. Rather, I think that while you are sleeping, you are not eating anything that your body can use to reduce acidity, so that is a prime time for your muscles to stiffen up. I have also had this pain strike me during the day, so I’m certain that it has nothing to do with sleep itself.

I am no biochemist, but it appears that your body can use calcium to reduce the acidity of your blood. By using up all your calcium, you develop an electrolyte deficiency. Your nervous system uses sodium, potassium, and calcium to propagate signals along your nerves. So, what I think causes the pain is nerves going haywire due to lack of calcium. That would explain how eating something alkaline (especially calcium-carbonate) can provide instant relief: your muscles are not really damaged at all; they are only malfunctioning because your nervous system is not sending them the right signals. So, you don’t need any time to heal.

The first thing I did after making this discovery was to eat a lot more fruit. I had some juice with every meal, and ate a couple of pieces of fresh fruit each day. It worked, but my weight started to go up from all those extra carbohydrates. Then I noticed that lemons were at the top of the alkaline-foods list, so I ditched the juice and started putting lemon juice in my drinks. It worked beautifully.

While I was googling around researching this, I found several good clues, but nobody who had put them all together as I have done here. It is possible that somebody wrote this in a health book somewhere, but if Google doesn’t know about it, does it really exist? Until further notice, I am claiming to be the originator of this miracle cure.

Here is a web page you can use to check how acidic your diet is. Also, see my “Acidic & Alkaline Foods” page.

If you think you can continue eating your acidic diet and balance it out with a lot of antacid, you are mistaken. The calcium in the antacid will cause a mineral imbalance. For example, it might induce a zinc deficiency and cause persistent acne. It’s just not a good idea. Only use antacid in an emergency.

This, of course, is not professional medical advice. If your pain persists, you need to see your doctor since it could be something serious like tetany.

9 thoughts on “Miracle Stiff-Neck Cure

  1. Hey Matt,

    I remember reading this post some time back (around the time that you and I were emailing about the treasury receipts data). I’ll admit that I casually dismissed it as interesting, but probably more of a placebo effect than anything else. Well, fast forward a couple months to this morning whereupon I awoke with a damnable knot in the muscle above my scapula. Aspirin, back rubs, etc and nothing’s having an effect. Somehow, I remember your recommendation to try a little antacid. Figuring what the hell, I pop off the trading desk to the corner store downstairs, buy some Tums, pop 3 (note, on a relatively empty stomach), and lo and behold, 5 minutes later I feel fantastic. It sort of feels ridiculous to admit this, but the muscle is as loose as a goose. In the past, I’ve tried everything to resolve these knots that I get regularly, and nothing every works. Go figure that it’s your diabolical recommendation that does the trick. Thanks a bunch!

  2. Hi Edward,

    Isn’t it amazing how fast it works? It’s astonishing how so much pain can be dispatched so quickly.

    Matt

  3. I never post anything – But i had to post this, i have suffered for 5 days with what I thought was a sore neck through sleeping funny and was surfing about looking for some remedies found this one and was a bit sceptical to be honest.

    Thought I may as well give it a go – Popped one indigestion tablet and almost instantaneously my neck was better, still some pain but far far less than there had been. Unfortunately I only have one tablet left so im dashing round the shop to stock up.

    I wish id seen it earlier, i may not have had such a rubbish week!!!!!

    Try it – It works!!!!!!

  4. Hi Matt, I have been browsing and I came across your answer for a stiff neck. I am suffering from acid reflux and I am taking an acid block called Altasec as cronic medication on a daily basis. What makes me wright to you is the fact that although I am taking these tablets I am also suffering from muscle spasms in my neck, shoulders and lower back. I had four neck operations and two back operations. I know you said that you are not a medical doctor but I can see that you are very interrested in the subject. I would like to know if you came across the reason why then am I still suffer from these muscle spasms. I regularly go for physio therapy but my medical aid only covers it to a certain extend. You mention eating fruit which I do. Can you please help me to understand this condition better.

  5. Hey; when i read this i honestly felt for the first time somebody has made so much sense… I’ve had acidity problems quite regularly but never thought this could b the reason. I’m also very allergic to dust so I’ve been sneezing fr last 2 days like a million times & for dinner I had fried fish (have heard its very acidic) & the next morning I woke up with this horrible stiff neck. I didnt know who to blame.. was it my sleep, heavy sneezing or acidity.. tried pain killers, sprays, hot water bag bt no help.. I popped sm antiacid tablets & ate fresh veggies & fruits.. my pain started to disappear… it really was miracle…I am nt a person who posts a comment on anything bt for this I had to… its worth a try with no harm for all u stiff neck people out thr…eat healthy; stay healthy…

    1. Glad to hear that it worked for you. Eating acidic foods isn’t necessarily bad. It’s when you eat them predominantly every day that your system gets out of balance.

  6. hi, thanx for most useful info, i need some clarity. can you help me plz?. I am suffering from siff muscle and can hardly bend down. i also suffer from stiff neck drom many years and no treatment has helped. apart from this, reasently i started a alternate theraphy for my severe tooth and gum problems by intake of plenty of vitamin c(almost 20mg perday) which has some possitive effect.
    Now this being my current scenario, plz educate me what should i do to clear my stiff muscle and neck problem. i live in india, and plz suggest me the items that are available here. i also suffer from sciatica. Plz guide me if there is cure for all these problems, and does intake of high dose of vitamin c (which i plan to continue for next 6 months)and the medicine you recomend will effect each other ?.

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