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Pillow for my neck pain  RSS feed

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I made a weird pillow, to counteract my neck pain, and it's working REALLY well!

I was badly injured in a car wreck many years ago, and my neck hurts bad when I sleep. I took a bad shoulder injury last summer that has not been healing, mostly due to sleep positions dislocating it close to every night. Made this less than a month ago, I wake up with no neck pain now, and my shoulder is almost healed as it's not getting reinjured every night.

It's a weird design....

Filled with buckwheat hulls, it's two blocks, 10 x 10 x 6 inches, connected by a tube, 10 inches by 2. I designed it to give me good neck support when I lay on my sides, and just a minimal neck roll when I'm on my back.
I do not have to move my pillow every time I move now.  
My neck is always aligned straight when I am on my sides, reducing the pain.
I have minimal neck support when I'm no my back, which is always best for me.

I bought buckwheat hulls from this site: Hullo Pillows it cost me $50.00, but I wanted to be sure I had good ones to try this with. I figure my chiropractor appointments run me $40.00 each, so it won't take much to make it worth it. It HAS been worth it, I haven't been to the chiro in a while, and I'm a frequent flier there. I added and subtracted buckwheat hulls until it feels right for me.

I read people on the net complaining of dust from their pillows, so I made them out of watertight ripstop nylon I had around from another project. Makes weird noises when I move, but I sleep with just a cat, and I don't mind it. If you sleep with a partner who hates noise, find a quieter fabric. This sounds like a windbreaker when you wear it.

All in all, one of the best things I have designed for my pain! Worth considering if you have the kind of pain that needs different sleep support than standard pillows.
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Thank you for this post.  I may try to make one of these.  I have neck pain caused by muscle tension, so I sometimes have to take a muscle relaxant but prefer not to take medications if I don't have to.

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I made a buckwheat pillow when I made by buckwheat hull mattress. I love it. I'm mostly a side sleeper and getting something sufficiently supportive was difficult. I didn't make a fancy shape like yours, just filled a normal pillow. The first one I made was overfilled, and far too solid. The second one was thinner.

What I love about the buckwheat is that I can wriggle it into whatever shape I need, but when I put my weight on it, it holds firm. Perfect combination of adjustable and supportive.

You mentioned dust; I haven't had that problem with my pillow, but I bought a special thick weave fabric intended of for pillow making. Thinner weave stuff has shed some dust, but it hasn't been a major issue.
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