A pain in the neck is not something you can ignore and go about your work. As a matter of fact, it causes extreme suffering and the only way out is to eliminate the pain, come what may. If the pain subsides within an hour or so, no one does much about it. But if it persists, that is when people resort to self-medication techniques by buying over the counter drugs. Although the advertisements of such companies make it appear that these drugs are completely harmless, yet we shouldn’t depend on them blindly.
Before looking for an instant cure, try and figure out the cause. This will help in avoiding recurrence of the same problem in the course of time. Neck pain can be due to various factors – bad posture while sleeping, while working, even stress. If you have neck pain repeatedly, then it is a sign that you should consult a doctor.
Make sure you tell him everything in regards to your work demands, your other activities and sleeping habits, so that, with your help, he can arrive at a conclusion as to why you suffer from neck pain. Once the cause has been successfully eliminated, the problem will resolve by it own.
However, sometimes you may have to take some prescription pill in order to reduce your pain while you are removing the causative factors from your lifestyle. But remember, avoid self medication as much as you can because no matter how less dangerous these over the counter pill may be, any medication can always have an element of risk in it so it is better to take medication from a person qualified to prescribe them to you.