Monday, January 13, 2014

A Pain In My Neck...No More?

I'm happy to report that my neck feels a million times better than last week.  Immediately after I had the shots on Friday my pain level went down even though I was still experiencing the pinching.  Saturday the pain was less than the previous day and Sunday was even less than that.  

My pain level was at such an acceptable level yesterday that I ventured out of the house and went to my in-laws to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday.  Both my neck and ankle did reasonably well, although I was really wiped out by the time we got home and my ankle was aching a bit.  Nothing a little nap couldn't cure!  And I really needed it since I was sleep deprived.  As usual, the steroids gave me a bit of insomnia.  I usually can't sleep the night of the shots, but for some reason I didn't sleep Saturday night instead.  And my left knee started hurting on Saturday and is still bothering me today.  I swear this also happened the last time I had steroids....I'll just file that under "random weird happenings of my body" :)

So even though the pain was less, I continued to feel the pinching throughout the weekend.  Today, I have no pain in my neck and haven't really noticed the pinching.  My physical therapist did “the wand” on the spot where I was experiencing most of the pinching last week.  Hopefully that will help keep the muscles loose.  As far as medicine goes, I've been taking Flexeril 10mg, 3 times per day.  I took a Vicodin today...but that was because I was going for PT.

There is still a spot on the back of my neck where the skin is numb, and I'm still totally freaked out by this.  Anyone else with neck problems ever experience this?  Tomorrow my pain management doctor is back in the office and will let me know about the x-ray readings and we'll discuss if I still need to get the MRI done that I have scheduled for Wednesday.

Many thanks to everyone who kept me in their prayers...they worked :)

"Room At Arles" ~Vincent Van Gogh


  1. Happy to hear you are on the mend and that the meds are working for you. I am laughing at the "As usual, the steroids gave me a bit of insomnia." To this DAY I can not believe that I didn't realize somethig was EXTREMELY wrong with me when I was exhausted and sleeping like a rock while popping prednisones! I just thought I was lucky LOL! Silly Nicole, you were so depleted of potassium you were slowly shutting down and the roids were the only keeping you vertical!

    Alas... the stories we have to tell about our broken bodies! It's nice when you can get to the days where you can laugh about them again. Pain-free is an excellent path to that! Good luck with the doc and your numb spot.

    *still praying! :)

  2. I cannot believe you were sleeping while on steroids! That IS scary!! Thank God you got that all sorted out. And thanks for the are in mine too :)

  3. We all know that neck pain could be really critical. That is why treatments for it should really be taken seriously. On the other hand, it’s nice to know that you’re feeling a lot better than before. The PT seems to be working well for you, so keep it up. Anyway, thanks for sharing this with us, Katie. Take care!

    Agnes Lawson @ PainReliefExperts

  4. It must feel so relieving that the pain has subsided. Neck pain can be a very scary experience. Make sure to schedule regular visits with your doctor and/or specialist and notify them of any changes. You seem to be great at tracking all the changes and pain you are experiencing. That is a great habit. Keep it up!

    Mark Wallace @ Chiropractic Memphis