oww, my neck!
Mood: pain
Posted on 2007-11-21 10:22:00
Tags: health
Words: 271

Apparently Monday night I slept on my neck funny and woke up with it stiff as all hell. Took some Advil to get me through the day, which helped a lot and it lasted all day, I think.

Yesterday I woke up with it feeling pretty damn painful again. Took an Advil when I got up and that helped for a good long while. I noticed the pain wasn't exactly in my neck but more in my left shoulder. Lasted most of the day until midway through our second Monopoly game, so I took some more Advil before bed. Sleeping with this thing is quite challenging, since very slight movement in my head sometimes leads to sharp pain, and it's unclear exactly which movements will or won't cause that.

Woke up this morning: it hurt. Oh, it hurt. Now that I took Advil it's manageable but I'm not sure it's actually getting better.

djedi pointed out that it could be meningitis, so I just did a little WebMD checking:

- A stiff and painful neck, especially when you try to touch your chin to your chest.
Hmm, let me try to touch my chin to my chest. Ow! OK, not doing that again.

None of the other symptoms fit (I did feel a little bit dazed yesterday, which might correspond to "trouble staying awake", but I don't really think so), so hopefully it's nothing.

Also, I like this bit of wisdom:

What causes meningitis?

Viral meningitis is caused by viruses. Bacterial meningitis is caused by bacteria.

Heading to Houston after work today. Hopefully if it is meningitis I won't infect anyone else...


Comment from onefishclappin:

Scary - if it is meningitis, I think it's pretty important to see a doctor. And don't see any babies/young children until you are sure that it's benign. G'luck!

Comment from djedi:

Yeah. I seriously doubt it is meningitis. His only symptom is a stiff neck and he's had that for days now. I believe meningitis is pretty fast working. I think he pulled a muscle in his neck somehow. He also tends to sleep on two pillows which is bad for one's neck.

I threw out the fact that neck problems can signal the onset of meningitis so he went to the web like he always does. :P

Comment from gregstoll:

Hey, a friend of mine once had meningitis and almost died! So, um, yeah.

Comment from omega697:

If you had meningitis you'd feel a lot worse than just the neck.

I know how waking up with the aching neck feels - I'm really sorry, it sucks :o(

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