A Pain in the Neck
My neck has not been happy with me recently. My pillow was going all flat, and our mattress develops ruts in a matter of days, so I’ve been waking up with a sore neck every morning. It wasn’t anything crippling or debilitating, though it was starting to get a little old after about three days of it.
But then yesterday morning I woke up with a serious pain in my neck. I don’t know what I did to it in the night, but apparently it was very unhappy with me and had decided to go on strike. At least it wasn’t too bad so long as I didn’t try to do anything severe like turning it, looking up or down, or keeping my head straight. A slight tilt to the right seemed to be best. And as the day wore on, it seemed to be turning my shoulders against me, too, so that everything between the base of my skull and my upper arms was becoming a single rock-hard knot.
I took a nice, long, relaxing shower to try to get it all to loosen up, but then I made the fatal mistake of trying to pop my neck (I’m one of those freakish people who can pop just about every joint in their spines). I got three satisfying cracks out of it, but then suddenly the other side knotted up in response. All I’d managed to do was to make it switch sides so that now I was tilting my head slightly to the left instead.
And it’s remained knotted all up the right side of my neck all day long and shows no sign of stopping. I could really go for some muscle relaxers right about now.