So, for about 3 weeks, I've had this terrible pain in my neck, like a pinched nerve. It's at the C3, just a little to the right. I could turn my head to the right fairly easily, but to left? No way, very limited mobility. Makes driving interesting when you have to merge with traffic!
Nothing I did helped the pain much. The muscle relaxants did nothing, in fact I think they made it worse. The ibuprofen helped a bit, but I really didn't want to take too much for fear it would irritate my stomach. I tried sleeping on one side more than another or on my back.
Finally, last Thursday, it got worse. Not only did I have the pain in my upper neck, I had developed a spot directly below that under my right shoulder blade. Not only that, when I moved my right arm too much one way or another, it would trigger pain. Then my arm would go numb.
At that point, I'd had enough. I called the chiropractor and made an appointment. Of course, I couldn't get in until the following Monday, but that was fine because relief was in the offing. The pain under my shoulder blade and the numbing in my arm finally did go away over the weekend, but that still left the pain in the neck.
I have now been to the chiropractor once a day for the past 3 days to be adjusted. I'm sore where he's adjusted me - kind of like bruising. But let me tell you, the pain in the neck is a LOT better. And I can actually turn my head to the left without much pain. Another bonus? I can't hear the bones in my neck. Seriously, before the adjustments, when I turned my head side to side, I could hear what I would swear were the bones rubbing together. Yuck. Now I can't.
I cannot say enough good things about my chiropractor. He works wonders. You can ask anyone in my family who has gone to him. Hell, my mother was crippled up the last few months with back and hip pain, which she hasn't had since she retired. After a couple of weeks going to the chiropractor last month, she's as good as new. I would totally recommend him to anyone with chronic neck, back, shoulder, hip, or leg pain. It really works!