Bummer: Neck Injury

So, I slept funny on Wednesday, and when I woke up and tried to move my neck it was excruciating, complete with a scream and tears.  I couldn’t even get upright without help.  I took a muscle relaxant, had my husband try to give me a neck massage, pain killers, and nothing helped.

On top of this, my right arm was pins and needles tingling, which made me worry.

I called my clinic, and they told me to go to the ER.  They said they would call ahead and to get over as quickly as I can.


Now, I didn’t really think this was ER worthy, but I headed over.  They did a CT scan, showed a degenerating disc and a pinched nerve… on the wrong side of my neck.

And.  AND.  This was the same ER doctor who looked at my back injury in 2013, brushed it off as a strain, and sent me home with muscle relaxants.  It was actually a herniated disc.  So I didn’t exactly have a lot of trust in his judgement.

And it was embarrassing.  I didn’t think it was something that needed to go to the ER!

They didn’t find anything wrong, gave me a prescription for Valium (what?!?), and sent me home in a neck brace.


It was about as much fun as you would expect, and even with the brace, I couldn’t turn my head to the right at all or look up or down.  There was one perfect position I could hold my head in where it only hurt and didn’t make me squeal with pain.

Like, how embarrassing is that?  I couldn’t keep from making noise and near constant tears every time I tried to move.

On top of that, the med made me wobbly and dizzy, and I kept tripping over nothing and falling into things.  My husband set me up with some ice cream on the couch and then had me take a nap.  It wasn’t any better when I woke up, and I had to yell for help rolling over and sitting up.

So I was a total wimp and called into work which I feel horrible about.  My coworker missed a doctor’s appointment because of me, and my boss never emailed me back so now I’m stressed that he’s upset with me.

I even slept in the brace.  Thursday was nearly as bad, but on Friday I had regained about 15 degrees of motion to the right and could look up and down 45 degrees.  So I emailed my coworker to let her know I would be in Monday.

Saturday was hard, but I was able to spend short periods of time without the brace on.

The brace, I might note, bruised the back of my neck, my shoulders, and the underside of my chin, so that looks great.  Yay, EDS?

Sunday I slept without the brace (and I’m writing this Sunday even though you won’t see it until Friday), and I was able to get up and move around so long as I was slow and careful.  So it has improved a ton, but this has been hugely stressful.

I still don’t know how I might have done it!

Have you ever had anything like this happen?  How did you deal with it?  Inquiring minds want to know.

2 thoughts on “Bummer: Neck Injury

  1. Yeah, this happens to me. There’s not a ton to do if it doesn’t swell, apparently, just heat, painkillers and wait for it to go down. I dislocated my elbow the same way this week – thrashing in my sleep after a nightmare. Apparently injuring yoyrself while sleeping wrong is fairly common in EDS. Sucks, though.

    1. It was a first for me, so it was alarming and then aggravating. I generally only have problems with my hips and ribs while sleeping. :/

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