On July 3rd I hurt my knee. I was working out, doing mostly lower body that day, and stepped down from the bench and *sharp pain*.
That weekend at the boat, I woke up with a crick in my neck. Several times a year my neck freezes up for a few days. I have to turn my body like robot to see from side to side. It sucks. But it passes.
Well, 3 weeks later...the neck pain is only worse.
Let's discuss in a little more detail.
First, back to the knee. The knee pain I am sure results from me acting like I don't have the knees of a former 327 pound woman. When I do lower body workouts I hop, jump, lunge, squat...and I have apparently pissed off the knee joint. SO FINE. I will go lighter on lower body and just focus on upper for awhile. This is not good news for "Operation Booty Pop". As you may recall, I was targeting my assticles so they would pop out more.
Well, then the neck pain started and spread to my left shoulder. Neck pain is muscular (I am a doctor and know these things), and the shoulder pain is joint related. The shoulder pain is also pretty intense, but at least it only hurts when I lift my arms. SO, last week it was so bad I was in tears. And then Heather says this to me:
"Babe, you may need to take a COUPLE of weeks off from working out so your body can get better".
And I preceded to cry for the entire ride to work.
Stop working out? What if my muscles disappear? What if I actually have to watch what I eat?
Because when you can't work out your lower body AND then you cant do any lifting that doesnt require your shoulders...well folks...there ain't much you can do!
And that makes me very sad.
But my neck pain is really intense and constant. I mean...CONSTANT. I was trying to pull chicken off the bone last night prepping it for soup, and my neck was spasming. I can't look down in the shower. I can't roll over at night with out sucking in my breath and giving myself a pep talk.
I hate it.
My primary care doctor left, so I called a new doctor today. They can't get me in until Wednesday. After I got off the phone I cried again. I don't know if a muscle relaxer will help, but I will tell you that nothing is touching the pain so far. The wonderful Jennifer from Dr. Friedman's office called in 800mg of ibuprofen for me and even hand delivered a cream to my door. It doesn't make a bit of difference. I have tried heating pads, beer, wine, cookies. Nothing is helping.
I don't know how people live with chronic pain.
So happy Monday.