Anemia and Stiff Neck Pain: What is the Connection?

Anemia leads to a variety of health complications and often leads to secondary health issues involving pain. If you are suffering from chronic stiff neck complications, this could be a secondary complication of anemia for which treatment can be obtained easily.

Because anemia leads to a loss of quality red blood cells, the secondary health complications that develop are often associated with tissues that need oxygen and blood flow to function properly. Muscles, especially muscles in the neck, can be impacted by this loss of quality blood flow and reduction in oxygen. If you have chronic stiff neck, it is important to seek out treatment of your anemic condition as this may be the key to resolving the health complication.

To treat anemia, your physician can prescribe iron supplements or you can take a slow release iron supplement that can be purchased over the counter at your local drugstore. Eating foods high in iron, such as spinach and other leafy green vegetables, will also help to boost your iron levels. In addition, using friction massage at home may also reduce pain and stiffness while you wait for your iron to work to resolve your anemic condition.

Once your iron levels are improved, your complications with anemia should begin to resolve as well. The first sign that this is moving in a positive direction may come with the reduction in your stiff neck complications and the ability to move your neck without significant health complications.

While there are many reasons that a stiff neck can develop, some adults experience this health complication from a low iron and high anemic condition. If you have a chronic stiff neck, ask your doctor to run blood work to determine if anemia is a health complication for you and, if so, seek out the appropriate treatment to resolve your stiff neck complications.

Sources: Muscle Pain Relief in 90 Seconds, by Dale Anderson