Monday, April 17, 2006

Pain in the Neck

It took me several weeks to figure this out. I have had a pain in the muscle in the back (left side) of my neck. I kept thinking that I was "sleeping wrong" so I made an extra effort to place my pillows just right, and sleep on the non-affected side. Nothing helped, every morning I woke up, sometimes so stiff that I couldn't turn my head. I even considered going to the doctor. I like to figure things out on my own first, so when I visit the doctor, I can make my own diagnosis - then he can just agree with me! I am so glad I didn't go to the doc for this. It turns out that the pain in my neck is YOUR fault. Yes, that's right, it is because of you. Reading your blogs late into the night when I am sleepy has caused me to prop my chin on my left hand, with my elbow propped on the desk. I navigate thru the blogs with my right hand on the mouse, while I inadvertently hyper-extend my neck muscle by propping my head up! Pretty pitiful, I can't even hold up my own head! I have made an extra effort since I discovered this dilema to sit up straight and concentrate on correct posture. If you happen to see me propping my head, you have my permission to slap me out of this chair!


Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I also have had 2 blog related injuries myself and know exactly what you are talking about.
Good post.

jellyhead said...

Tuff, we are sorry!

Keep watching your posture and avoiding prolonged strained positions, stretch your neck out well a few times a day, maybe even try some warm packs. If your neck isn't getting better, physiotherapy can help a lot, too.

Sorry for the unsolicited advice - couldn't help myself! Get better soon!

Eternally Curious said...

ROFLOL, Tuff! There I was reading your post and minding my own business when I came to the part where you describe the offending (hurtful) pose. I stop dead in my tracks, laughter already burbling from me, to look at my pose and ... yes ... sure enough ... there you have it! My body in exact replica of what you describe! Thus far I'm blessed enough to be pain-in-the-neck free, but should it ever develop, I will now know exactly what it is and from whence it came! Who needs doctors - blog buddies are far better!

Hope you and your neck are in full recovery by the time you read this. No? Then sit up straight already! :))

doubleknot said...

There will be a whole new set of injuries soon - blog related. I can't lean down - With my bifocals I have to hold my head up in order to see. My hands have cramped once in a while.
I have been tagged to list six weird things about me - and I am suppose to pass it on to six more people. I chose you though I know you are perfectly normal - you don't have to do it if you don't want to.