Pain in your neck or back is your spine's way of letting you know that something is wrong.
Think of pain as a 'warning system' to your brain, a signal that a part of your body requires attention.
Sometimes the signal is intense to let your body know that it must change something urgently.
In most cases however, the pain starts as a dull ache, or nagging feeling which over time becomes more insistent and intrusive. Your brain is receiving the message but it has put it on the back burner running it through the processors that control the release of stress hormones and emotions.
Its as if your body is saying:
"I'm not in immediate danger ... but you might want to take a look at this when you have a minute!"
You change position to find a comfortable spot, gaining a little relief as you do so, until
pain nudges its way through what you are doing and taps you on the shoulder again.
You just don't have time to deal with this right now so you reach for the pain medication which allows you to carry on with your day until four hours later when the pain is back.
If you've been experiencing this roller-coaster for some time, you're probably tired of taking medication, perhaps angry at having your life disrupted, frustrated with your reduced mobility and exhausted with the endless nagging pain that just never leaves.
You tell yourself you don't want to take the pills but what else can you do?