For the first time in quite a few years, I’ve been having real problems with my neck and back for the last couple of weeks. It seems to get worse as the day progresses, so by the afternoon and particularly at night I’m really not comfortable at all.
I’ve tried Tylenol and Aleve, but I can’t even tell I’m taking them. I’ve also been having constipation problems again, so I’ve been reluctant to ask one of my doctors for a powerful pain med, knowing strong pain meds would just make the constipation worse.
I’ve been thinking the pain spasms would clear up on their own if I gave it some time. I’ve tried to keep moving my neck and shoulders as much as I can, used the hot pad, and have been using the inflatable neck brace for a short time each morning. It’s way too uncomfortable to use it for very long, but it’s extremely adjustable, and I have all the Velcro sections pretty well suited to my short neck. After I put it on I pump up the bladder in it and it gives a little traction. That helps for awhile, but it’s way too painful to use it after the spasms take over later on in the day.
The human adult head weighs about 10 pounds, and the neck and shoulder muscles have to be strong enough to carry that weight around in all kinds of positions all day long. Just imagine how long your arm would last without fatigue and pain if you were to lift a 10 pound bag of potatoes for 12 straight hours! Normally, our bodies are so wonderfully made that we don’t give it a second thought.
But I have Degenerative Disk Disease and Osteopenia, which means my disks and bones are not as healthy as they should be. I’ve had bulging disks in my neck and lower back for many, many years. So I guess I was overdue for a round of pain with one or the other. This time it’s the Cervical disk that seems to be the focus.
I’m not sure, but the Myoclonus may be making the spasms worse. I was in quite a quandary as to which doctor I should go see, my Neurologist or my Orthopedist. The trigger points seem to be on the right side, not near my left shoulder that does all the jerking, so I’ve decided the Orthopedist makes more sense.
So, it looks like I will be making an appointment with my Orthopedist next week.