I have scoliosis and had many back surgeries with fusion in my young teens (3) and late twenties (2) install a stainless steel rod to hold corrections. No more back surgeries for me, but have been experiencing what seems to be a very, very stiff neck (which effects everything I try to do) for the past 5 days. I have tried to apply arthritis cream to my neck and had to resort to taking 800 milligram tablets of ibuprofen especially for last 3days. I hate taking pain meds of any kind but am at a loss on what to do. I absolutely can’t recall doing anything to bring this on. I have been wearing a neck brace so I can do necessary everyday functions. Any ideas of what else I might do to get rid of this without having to see a doctor.