Friday, February 10, 2006

Pain in the neck

So I sat up in bed yesterday morning and felt a sharp pain in my neck. Then, as I stood up to go downstairs, I could hardly move my head left to right or up and down. I took the dog out, went to the bathroom, and attempted to go back to sleep. Then I couldn't even get in a comfortable position where the pain was not constant. For the next hour and a half I couldn't get back to sleep, which is odd for me, since I love sleeping in!

Later I got up and thought maybe a hot shower would help loosen it up - but I couldn't even tip my head back to rinse my hair! This sounds crazy, I know, and I felt ridiculous. I've had a stiff neck before from sleeping the wrong way, but this was way worse than that. I decided I'd better call the doctor's office, because I didn't feel like I could safely drive or go to work the way I was. So I had my darling husband take me to the doctor's office and got it checked out. The doctor said not to go to work, prescribed a muscle relaxant, and scheduled a follow-up. So the rest of the day was spent on the couch with a hot pad on my neck and back, either sleeping or wathcing a movie. I felt so silly because I wanted to go to work and I wanted to be able to do all the things I normally do. Other than the constant pain and inability to move my head, I felt fine! However, some things you just have no control over.

After a day of rest and a good night's sleep, I felt much better this morning. I was still sore throughout the day, and sitting doing paperwork was not extremely enjoyable, but I'm sure I'll be back to normal again soon.