This past year has seen me go from my normal office (which requires a sometimes lengthy drive) to one only a public transit commute away. It’s been a nice shift with more than a few side benefits (hello perkier butt!). Unfortunately, this week I discovered one of the downsides of my commute.
As a lawyer I often have to bring work home with me. Most of the time I try to make sure that my work involves only online research but there are the few times when I find myself bringing loads of paperwork home.
Such was the case about a week and a half ago; of course instead of driving to work like a sensible person, I decided to bring everything home in a not so supportive backpack. I’m sure you can see where this is going . . .
By the next morning I woke up with quite a bad neck strain. I wrongly assumed that it would go away during the course of the day – instead it only got worse and worse.
So much so, that while at dinner that evening my friends assumed that I was incredibly exhausted – I wasn’t but the pain was so bad that I had to prop my neck up with my hands.
What followed over the next week was nothing short of excruciating. Most days my neck and traps were in such contorted agony that they caused my head to tilt down and to the side. I looked decidedly pathetic!
Getting my neck back to normal has been no easy feat — thus far it’s required one doctor’s appointment (for Tylenol 3 and muscle relaxants), two massages, and five chiropractic appointments. Thank God for my extended health plan!!
And can you believe that after all those treatments I’m still not cleared to exercise!??! I’m pretty well back to normal (save for driving since shoulder checks are still painful) but my chiro wants to wait until everything is a bit less tender.
Lesson learned friends!! I’m never taking my neck for granted again! And I’ll never play that fast and lose while carrying heavy objects again! Not only because it hurts like @&#$*! when you do but also because I want to be able to enjoy a long and healthy life!!!
All these pictures were taken on a recent cruise from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour up Indian Arm and back. Our trip lasted approximately four hours and included a luncheon of roasted wild salmon, loads of salads, and ridiculously yummy desserts. It wasn’t cheap ($65 + taxes/fees) but it was totally worth it for the delicious food and incredibly gorgeous views. In fact, I honestly think my day on the cruise is one of the nicest days I have ever spent in Vancouver!!!!!
Question: Have you ever injured your neck!?!?! I think I suffered something similar to whiplash – my muscles were so tender that I couldn’t sand to be in a moving vehicle and even swallowing was something to be avoided. Never in my life did I think I would be in so much pain that I would consider begging for a neck brace!!