Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pain in the Neck

I have kept this pretty much to myself, on the Internet anyway. Those of you who twitter might know that I went to seen an acupuncturist yesterday.

I have had severe neck pain for the past five or six weeks. There was no accident. It just started out as uncomfortable, like I had slept wrong. Over time, it progressively became worse. It finally got so bad that I couldn't sleep, do laundry, or garden. For several days the monkeys had to water the garden for me.

I didn't not go to our M.D. because all they want to do is throw narcotics at it. I hate taking those types of medications. They don't really do me any good and seriously make me feel stupid.

My coworkers at the library suggested their acupuncture lady. They raved about their results of this treatment for hip pain, neck pain, even big toe issues. When we returned from vacation I made an appointment. This is the same group of ladies that fixed my eye twitch with aroma therapy and a head rub. I sort of trust them.

Little Jan, the acupuncture lady was a joy. She was sweet and gentle and really took her time finding out what was going on with my neck and shoulder. She thinks it has something to do with a fall I took about three years ago. Gardening, library lady duties and monkey wrangling probably exacerbated this old injury.

The treatment took about 90 minutes and about a million needles. She even hooked me up to an electric stimulation thingy. I did feel better immediately after the treatment, but the difference today is spectacular. I slept last night. I woke up feeling good and was able to get some housework, including laundry done. I can move my neck. It still has a sore spot, so I don't claim that this was a miracle or anything, but it certainly helped and I am not drugged.

She left four acupuncture staples in my neck and says that I should continue to improve over time. As for accupuncture, I approve it.


  1. Good for you, glad you're feeling better! So do you look like FrankenDebbi with the staples in your neck????
    BTW ~ Got my interview posted; that was fun!

  2. I went to an accupressurist for allergies at one time. I will have to say her treatments were very good, but the price was astronomical!

    Hope you continue to get better!

    Do the staples ever come out?

  3. FrankenDebbi, snort snicker.

    Sherry, this girl is no more expensive than my regular doctor.

  4. I read that on twitter.
    I also have a neck pain. I think its from a lawnmower accident a couple years ago. A wheel came off while I was mowing and it jerked me forward. I felt a pop in my shoulder blade area but kept on going because I had no choice but to finish my work. So I suffered for a good 6 months with shoulder pain. Hurt off and on since then somedays worse then others. Now its my neck. So I think its related to that after reading your post. I haven't hurt my neck at all. So it must be from the shoulder thing. Advil helps when it hurts to much to do anything but I keep going everyday because if I don't I get behind. I don't have any teenage monkeys around. Just Jack and he refuses to water my plants or mow the lawn. (-: I am glad the acu worked for you. I might have to check into it if it gets worse(-:

  5. OH good! Wonder if they could get that stubborn stress knot out of MrD's back.

  6. Glad to hear that you like acupuncture! Did you ask what was the cause of your neck pain? It's much better to consider alternative treatment that promises long term benefits rather than settling for medicines, which can only take away your pain for a span of hours or days.

    -Shan Salas @ BrandonChiropractor