I woke up on Friday morning with an incredibly stiff neck. Sadly, this isn’t the first time I’ve had what I consider an “adult injury”.
I remember getting a little bit of a sore neck when I was younger if I slept funny. But it would go away after a while.
I’m on day four of my neck seizing up.
In August 2017, my entire back seized up over night and it was so bad my mom had to pull me up out of bed. I spent that entire day sitting on the heating pad and had to call out of scooping because I obviously couldn’t scoop ice cream. I stayed out of work that next day, a Monday, and went to the chiropractor. (I go every month for adjustments, and my chiropractor was able to help with the pain.)
Then last fall, I had a back spasm appear out of no where, just before I was going to bed. At first I put the heating pad on it, and then my mom Googled how to treat back spasms, and apparently heat makes it worse. It’s better to ice the area. I went to the doctor the next day and got muscle relaxers, and it went away in a few days.
Now I have a neck issue. I went to work on Friday but left early around 1:00 p.m. I brought one of our many heating pads with me, but it was just uncomfortable. I spent the entire weekend with a heating pad and stretching. It was the worst in the morning after I got up, because it had all night to seize back up again.
I went to work today with my heating pad again and used it for a few hours. It’s a lot better now, so I’m hoping I’ll be better by Wednesday. At my old job, I used a monitor stand to raise my monitor up so I wasn’t always looking down. I have a 27″ Mac now, so I just tilt the screen up a little bit. My computer at home, though, is a Mircosoft Surface, so I do have to look down more than I should.
I’ve never broken a bone—knock on wood I don’t in the future—so I guess these are the kinds of injuries I’m stuck dealing with. At least I won’t have to go to the chiropractor for this.
Do you get “adult injuries”? How often? If you don’t get them, give me all of your medical secrets.
PS: I know I’m incredibly behind on reading posts and commenting, due to me being on the couch all weekend (and not being able to run 😦 ). I’m hoping to catch up tonight and tomorrow night!