I have a pain in the neck.
No, I'm not being a pain in the neck... I have one!
I know some were thinking it and can guess pretty accurately which ones of you that would be!
About 2 months ago, I slept wrong and woke with my neck hurting. It got progressively worse. I paid for a deep tissue massage, which helped for about 24 hours... and then the pain was back, equally bad. After another 2 weeks of trying to get it to settle down by self care, I finally broke down and went to the doctor.
Verdict: arthritis flare up.
Arthritis??? Isn't that for old people? Oh... yeah... guess I am heading toward 50 at a rapid rate!
So they sent me to physical therapy, twice a week for a month. Today is the last treatment and then I go back to the doc next week. Sadly not seeing much progress in pain relief. I'm dreading the doc appointment because I expect to be told that there isn't much to be done, just learn to live with the chronic pain... again.
Battling chronic pain is not a pleasant task. It is exhausting and it can be discouraging. When life is on an “up” cycle, with health going fairly well all around, I forget exactly how exhausting chronic pain can be. Especially since I've done well for several years now.
But battle I will.
...may there be mercy and rest in the battle.