First off, excuse any rambling or typos, for I’ve taken some muscle relaxers.
A few weeks ago, and I can pin point it to the hour, I noticed a tweak in my neck. Turning my neck to one side or the other kinda hurts, looking up was fine, looking down (chin to chest) was painful. This was on August 1st. Nothing specific happened that I can recall, but I do remember it not bugging me, then an hour later I was rubbing it wondering what I did. Fast forward to last Thursday, I finally called the doctor and asked for a refill on some Soma he gave me which did a great job of clearing up a back issue I had in my back. So, that was Thursday, today is Sunday and there’s no change. With my back, it took three days of Soma and I was good to go. So far, I’ve had two weeks unmedicated plus 4 days with meds (or however the math works out) and it’s still bugging me like the day it started.
So, do I call the doc on Monday and try to get in? My fear is that it’ll take a week or two to get in, it’ll be a muscle strain that’ll clear up by then and I’ll be out $150 for him to say it’s nothing. My ‘hope’ is that I’ll get in that day, it’ll be something minor like a muscle strain and he’ll say “We’ll the Soma didn’t work, here’s some Klonapin and that should work better/Vicodin to deal with it until it releases and it should take another week or two with some ice”.
I’ve got enough Soma for another three days so I could just finish it off and see what happens (either due to the Soma or just the extra time), but of course, that means if I have to make an appointment, it’s three days further out then if I call now.
Also, the pain isn’t ‘radiating’ anywhere that I can tell, so I don’t think it’s a disc or nerve issue, so that’s good. But if it’s a muscle thing, wouldn’t it have at least started to get better over the last two weeks? It still feels exactly the same as it it did the day it started.
Also, in case anyone wants to give me an armchair diagnosis. It hurts a bit to look left or right, it’s painful to look down. The pain is in lower middle part of my neck to the right of my spine (but ‘part’ of it). When I look down, I can feel the pain ‘pulling’ further down an inch or so, so I’m guessing it’s muscle related. Also, as I said above, there’s no radiating or tingling associated with it so I don’t think it’s a disc issue. So I’m hoping he doesn’t order any radiography.
When my back was bugging me a few years ago he said he could feel a muscle that was strained but hadn’t ‘released’, but the Soma did the trick in a few days. Right now, I’m on the forth day of Soma and even with the meds in full tilt, it’s still hurting.
So, call the Doc on Monday or chalk it up to a muscle strain and give it more then 12 days to heal…but again, should it at least be starting to feel better?