Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pain in the Neck

Well, yesterday was a bit nutty.  I paid for being off on Monday and now I remember why I usually don't take off on Monday.  Tuesday was like having three Monday's at once.  It wasn't a bad day in particular until around 3 when my neck started clenching up.  You know how when you have a crick in your neck?  That is what it felt like at first.  But by the time I got home I couldn't move my neck without being in severe pain.  I looked up on the internet fearing meningitis.  Well thank goodness I didn't have those symptoms.  But when I went to bed I quickly realized that I was NOT going to be able to lay down.  My neck hurt, throbbed, was stiff and very much in pain.  I tried every angle.  Tried sleeping sitting up.  Nothing worked.  George massaged it (several times).  While that was comforting - he obviously couldn't sit there and do that all night.  So he gave me a bed buddy.  I put icy hot on there.  I took an inflammation pill that I used to take for my arm.  That did nothing for me but make it to where I couldn't take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You can't take those together. So I had no relief.  I was in pain no matter what.  I could not sleep.  From 9 until 3 - I only slept maybe a total of 20 minutes.  I had two separate snoozes of about 10 min each - sitting up.  One hour passed to the next.  It was the 2nd most miserable night of my life.  (The first being diverticulitis some years ago.)  I wanted to cry it hurt so bad but even that hurt.  It even was hard to swallow. 

I had sleepy time tea.  And put essential oils of lavender and peppermint on my neck and shoulders.  Through the wee hours of the morning - I had a ritual of heating the bed buddy, rubbing the essential oils on, and trying different positions to get comfy - of which none worked.  I did exercises, I prayed, and I worried about how on earth I'd work today.  I considered going to the emergency room b/c of the pain but refused.  I decided to wait it out til morning.  I was unsure what to do about work.  Did I need a chiropractor, my reg doc?  Was something happening to my spine?

Strangely enough about 3 in the morning - it began to loosen a bit.  Enough that I could lay down for brief spells.  I decided to go back to bed.  And I slept off and on b/w 3:30 and 5:30.  Of course alarms started going off at 4 so I hit snooze every 10 minutes until 5.  And then set it for 5:30.  So basically no sleep last night of any substance.  But I'm dressed and ready to go to work except for makeup.

I'm taking my bed buddy to work and my essential oils.  This morning there is still pain but it is minor in comparison.  I don't know what I did or what is happening.  But that one of the worst nights of my life.  Wanting to sleep but can't.  The pain not stopping. 

Anyway, gotta go. 

I will say that it was nice to come home after working late last night (got home at 7) and the house was clean and dinner was cooked thanks to George and Katy. 

So - off to work we go and even though my neck is stiff but at least it is not throbbing and I can turn it some.  It is getting better.  No where near normal. 

George turns in his papers today (legal papers) regarding his employment (not to sue and how the terms of the agreement works). 

Well, ok off of here! 


  1. Oh my, how terrible for you! It's probably the stress of the last few days and then all that work to do showing up. Hope it continues to feel better for you today. Unemployment will help to supplement your income in the days ahead. Every little bit counts when work is uncertain. But it will probably take awhile before it kicks in. Hopefully today will be much better for you and you can have a wonderful Wednesday. It's the middle of the week already and all down hill from here on to the weekend!

  2. I have woke up with a crick in my neck but never had happen during the day.
    I don't know how in the world you made it to work. When I can't sleep I can't function. I think I would consult an attorney before signing anything if I was George. After working for a company that long is awful. If things pick up do you think they might call him back. There might be some kind of support group to help people who have lost jobs. Many business have closed due to being sent overseas. Take care of that neck. Just curious if it is on the same side as your arm that hurts. I hope you feel better. I am off to the grocery store.

  3. i hope you feel better soon. sounds like a difficult time for sure.


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