I’ve had “splatter-my-brains-all-over-the-ceiling” migraines ever since I was a kid. And my knees have always been defective.
But why is it as the candles multiply on my birthday cake, more parts of my body wind up screaming in pain?
I’ve always had neck pain in conjunction with my migraines. But then the neck business elbow-bumped the headaches to the ditch, and took over. Now mind you, I’ve complained of neck pain for more than twenty years, and nothing much happened. It wasn’t until I had a torn rotator cuff repaired that someone (the shoulder surgeon) listened to me complaining of neck pain. He sent me for a neck MRI, then referred me to a neck pain specialist.
The neck doctor looked at the MRI and said, “Of course your neck hurts! You’ve got a pinched nerve!”
The neck doctor is a pain management specialist. My primary care provider had an attitude of disdain about that specialty.
So what? My neck pain was making me so miserable, I spent a great deal of the day just sitting, not moving, to avoid pain. Pain management gave me a good portion of my life back.
A couple of months ago, my neck doctor referred me to a neurosurgeon to see if I was a candidate for spinal fusion. Answer: not yet. But the neurosurgeon gave me a prescription for Celebrex.
I started taking it, and I had no belly pain, no vomiting blood, so I figured I’d keep taking it and see how it worked on the pain.
I was able to do more. And with six people in the jouse under the shelter-in-place situation, there’s a helluva lot more to do! Managing the meals to accommodate Mr VOW’s no-salt restrictions is practically a full-time job!
As time went on, I could tell when the Celebrex wore off. Then all work would stop, and you’d find Gramma sitting in her recliner with her neck pillow.
About a week ago, there was a slight change. When the Celebrex wore off, my right collarbone hurt. The next day or two, the pain moved from my collarbone to the inside of my shoulder joint. Kind of like a red hot railroad spike was being pounded into the joint.
As the days passed, I added upper arm pain.
I saw the neck doctor yesterday. I said I needed to know if the coolarbone-shoulder-arm pain was caused by my neck, or was it something completely different and I needed to go to my Primary Care doctor?
It’s my neck.
I’ve got arthritis and a handful of other things wrong with my neck. It’s a degenerative disease.
Why does old age have to HURT?