I have never felt this way before, excruciating neck pain that I have never felt before. I am also having the worst migraine ever; I am sweating profusely and my head feels hot. I wake up to go pee, midway to the bathroom I get a glass of water; sadly I don’t have any analgesics with me.
I stagger my way back to bed, I can’t even turn my head sideways. I rest my head to the pillow looking into the ceiling. I have been feeling this pain three weeks now-left side persistent neck pain.
Most articles online are saying the pain should go away with time but this one is too much now. I would have to break down the anatomy of the neck so that I find out where this pain is coming from.
I have been working on daily neck exercises, which seem to temporarily help in relieving the pain. Basically, my day depends on two things, one is how I slept and two how I exercise the neck in the morning. It gets worse more if I don’t exercise at all.
Sometimes I have to get pain killers to help with the pain but having in mind that pain killers don’t treat the condition at hand I prefer avoiding them as much as possible. I’m still stuck to Google which might be having the answers.
That was me in September 2017.
Quite a bad year for me, I would say an analog of 2020. There are plenty of crazy ideas I came up with to try and stop the pain. I am thinking of doing a list of what worked for me, later.
The last thing I wanted to do was see a physician, I don’t know why – but it is what most people recommended. It pained me more typing into Google “how to manage chronic neck pain” every now and then. I had seen some prescriptions of patients with chronic back pain and even after the X-ray, MRI, or CT scans the best they got from specialists was a list of strong painkillers.
So as my pain worsened, I began working on my habits. Doing exercises really helped although it was hard to be consistent because of maybe work fatigue. I also worked on my bending on the phone for long hours. The pain would go from severe to dull and then back to severe, a cycle.
I kept investing my money on new pillows frequently with hopes that comfort will take the pain away. I remember bargaining for a special pillow in a shop selling medical equipment and it was very expensive. That is when I thought I needed to see a specialist.
There was a need that I should see an orthopedic surgeon, it didn’t matter whether I was to get a prescription with painkillers or more pain killers. So I started looking around for the most expensive specialist and comparing who is charging what as consultation fee.
Finally, I was ready to agree to anything but not surgery. This was shortly forgotten, a month later is when I remembered that indeed I had struggled with chronic pain. I couldn’t recall the day the pain went away but I am sure my habits played a key role. (I will share in detail sometime).
I am glad the pain went away although I occasionally feel discomfort when the neck is strained.
I know so many people are struggling with different kinds of chronic pain that is not going away. I am just thankful my pain went away the moment I seemed hopeless.