I have a pinched nerve(s) in my trapezius muscle – that muscle that runs between your neck and shoulder. Sitting hurts. Standing hurts. Sleeping is nearly impossible. It just hurts. All. The. Time. Like a toothache.
I even went to the doctor, which I rarely do, to make sure what it is, and to know the treatment. I am using heat, ice, a massager-thing, hot showers, ibuprofen, Icy-Hot, etc. I tried the prescribed muscle-relaxer but hated the way I felt the next morning. It didn’t really help me sleep, but sure made me groggy. I looked up exercises/stretches for that muscle area. Many of these efforts feel good at the time, but have no long-lasting results. I suppose I am wanting the quick-fix. Instant pain-relief!
At least Pig-Farmer has been home to do the chores this weekend. I only had to muddle through Thursday night’s and Friday morning’s chores, while trying not to aggravate it more. I hope that it isn’t possible to aggravate it more …. Eek… Could be a l-o-n-g week.
It has made me realize what a blessing it is to go to sleep and wake up pain free. Regardless of the “type” of day I am having, I need to thank God for feeling good on the many days I do. Really, I need to thank God that this isn’t (shouldn’t be) permanent and it will subside. I need to thank God that I can still “do” – “doing” doesn’t feel good, but neither does “not doing” so, I may as well “do.”
For today, friends, I hope you are pain free!
So sorry I know how miserable this can be. I hope you bounce back quickly.
Hope you feel better soon.
I have neck and shoulder pain a lot due to my job and find that the Salonpas patches work for me and they work for about 8 hours. Don’t know if they would work for a pinched nerve, though. I know how miserable that is!!
I will Google those. Thank you!
I get mine at Walmart or Walgreens. They have small or large patches. They are life savers for me!
I am a new non-blogger fan of yours. I have bone spurs and disk issues in my neck.It flairs up once in a while. Sleep who needs it?;) My word for the day:Accupunture. It really truly works I have been doing this for years when I got tired of paying ransom to my Dr.Three treatments about a month ago I am free.of pain.It Does Not hurt and I have a feeling it would help.Check it out. Mary from Alabama.
Thank you, Mary! I am feeling much better – but will definitely keep that in mind if/when I have problems again. Thank you also for reading!
I missed how this happened, but will say that from time to time I get that same pain. (auto accident years ago) If I let if go I get crazy bad headaches. The only thing that works for me to go to the chiropractor. If you don’t already have one, ASK around! Some are unnecessarily rough and you don’t need that. I do hope you feel better soon!
I’m not even sure how it happened. I did work outside a lot the day it happened; so I am assuming that is why. Thanks for comment!
Oh, that is such a miserable pain….I hope you’re better soon! It’s amazing how something like that reminds us of the many blessings we take for granted.
Exactly … I can’t wait to feel normal, again!
Oh, goodness…I hope you are better by the time you read this. I think a chiropractor may possibly help.
It’s definitely in the muscle … my sister-in-law is a PT assistant. She gave me a massage last night. 🙂 That felt soooo good.
Praying for pain free days soon for you too!
Ouch, I have had that same issue in the past several times. I found that the sticky Tiger Balm patches work very well.
I need to look for those!
I remember those days (and nights). Hope you get relief soon.
I’m so sorry you have this. The pain can be all consuming, I know. Try getting in the shower and let the hottest water you can stand hit you in the shoulder. And alternate between Tylenol and Advil (or generics) every two hours, And read or knit to distract yourself.
The hot shower does feel great! I had some times during the day yesterday that were better. Night-time is the worst. Thank you!
Next time you go to the doc with something like this, ask if a trigger point injection would give you any relief. Otherwise, I’m sold on chiropractors.