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When my dad a few years back had neck pain issues, it turned out that one of the discs in his neck had crumbled to bits and had to literally be replaced with either a disc from a cadaver or a piece of bone sliced off his hip and shaped to fit. He opted for a cadaver bone but apparently there were no matches in their body bank so he woke up with a neck wound and a hip wound. The hip took longer to heal than his neck.

My neck has hurt like hell for the last few days (becuase of a poor pillow choice and because I've been coughing like mad from a nasty cold that's at that "rattling chest phlegm" stage). Yesterday I went through pain pills, heating pads, and even a Tiger Balm rub down. All in all it was better last night and today it isn't *as* bad. But it was apparently weighing heavily on my sub-conscious last night. I had dreams all night about having neck discs out out of place. In the dreams my neck looked like Jenga blocks, with two disc in a stair-step bulge protruding from the side of my neck. I spent time seeking out doctors and chiropractors trying to get absolutely anyone to just push them back into place without severing my spine.

I woke up shocked that I didn't actually have a lump on the side of my neck. And I can't get the image out of my head so I keep checking out the mirror, feeling for lumps, slowly rotating my neck and trying to assure myself that, yes, it's just a pulled muscle or twanging tendon... not part of my spine trying to work its way out of my body.

The things my head does to me.

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