I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been experiencing some neck pain recently (edit: looking back through posts, my first mention of it is back in early October!), well it doesn’t seem to be getting any better; in fact, if anything it is getting worse.
It started with an increase in joint sounds, (ie, crepitus) on moving my neck and developed into pain and fatigue on the lefthand side shortly after. Since then, it has gone on to affect my whole neck and I have painful spasms even when only moving it a tiny bit – you know the sort you get sometimes, when you turn your head too fast? Ouch.
The pain has been so bad at times that I’ve felt queasy and even seen stars. I can’t turn my head properly and struggle to sleep because it is so uncomfortable. I have also been struggling to open my mouth and cannot swallow very solid food, it just won’t go down! Pain killers don’t seem to work on it and so I have resorted to using my TENs machine on a regular basis, which does help a little – the only problem is you are restricted as to where you can place electrodes in the neck area and so I can’t reach some of the most painful parts.
I don’t know whether this is a muscular, joint or nerve problem, but it is getting me down. When I was younger, I had similar problems and struggled to hold my head up, so I ended up having to wear a neck brace and collar. This time though, the doctor is reluctant to advise that, as he feels the limited range of movement you have in a collar could cause my neck to seize up further, as well as the muscles to weaken. I can see the logic in this but wish he could have provided me with some other option that might bring me relief.
As well as the discomfort, I’m concerned about the damage that could be occurring if this is part of the Still’s Disease inflammation. Any joint damage is bad, but necks are so fragile and so crucial too, that the prospect of damage to its intricate structure is quite scary.
Still’s really can be a pain in the neck at times.