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Pillow for my neck pain

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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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Cool pillow Pearl!  Glad it's working so well for you!

I use to have bad back, shoulder, hip and neck pain when I woke up and usually a super stiff neck for most of the morning. Then I switched to sleeping on a flat wooden platform with a little super firm padding for insulation and sleeping on a compacted, low pillow that kept my neck and head level and in line with my spine( I'm a side sleeper). This completely corrected all my pain and stiffness. I'm a happy sleeper now.

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I do a similar thing with my worn-out feather pillow. I make it thin in the middle to go under my neck, and fluffed up at the sides to hold my head in place on my back. I'll shove blankets or small pillows against the side to make the sides bulkier to hold my head up. I like how it cradles my head, and it blocks light. I'll try to take a picture of my set up tomorrow!
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