Monday, January 5, 2009

We interrupt this blog...

I am tired of being sick and feeling like crap. I have had a stiff neck since Christmas eve. Really painful. I also had a migraine, and a fever/chills on Christmas. The migraine and stiff neck stuck around, and after more than a week of taking Excederin/Tylenol/Advil, Lino brought home some Bengay and Thermal wrap things to try. Those didn't really work either. Friday night I woke up to what felt like exploding sinuses. Fabulous.

On Saturday, I finally decided that more than a week of this was enough, so we brought the kids to my inlaws and went to Urgent Care. Apparently, I have the classic symptoms of a sinus infection. Stiff neck, jaw pain (which I have, it hurts to eat, but didn't realize was a symptom), teeth pain, eye pressure and sinus pressure are the classic indications of a sinus infection. They did x-rays, and prescribed some antibiotics and allergy meds.

So, I have been taking those and hoping they worked like magic and the pain would go away, but it hasn't. (And I have a pretty high pain tolerance) It wakes me up at night, I can't find a good postion to sleep in, it is making me extremely nauseated and it is affecting how I interact with the kids. I can't really play with them and help them with stuff because the pain is too much. And that sucks.

They have today off from school due to icy roads, and they have been wonderful, playing nicely while I rest on the couch, but I hate that I am in this much pain. If the pain doesn't start to subside I am going to see if the Urgent Care place can give me something. It is silly to keep taking Advil/Tylenol if it isn't working.

So. That is it. Thanks for reading my whine. Hopefully I will feel better soon.


Leia said...

Oh that's no fun at all!! At least the kids are being's wishing you a pain-free sunrise tomorrow :)

Lanny said...

I hope you're feeling better by now! Army and I both had the headache/stiff neck thing (I had it Christmas day too). It lasted a while, but it did finally get better. Army has seen a lot of it in his clinic lately. Maybe a virus?
It stinks to be sick this long! You deserve a break!

Katie and Bob said...

Jeanie- I had a HORRIBLE stiff neck/crick in my neck about a year ago, and after a week or two of horrible pain, I went to the doctor and he said I had a VIRUS called Torticolus - here is my blog entry from when I had it...maybe that is what you have?

Monday, October 29, 2007

I was diagnosed with VIRAL TORTICOLLIS a week ago, after dealing with HORRIBLE neck and upper back pain for a few days in Lexington (I literally couldn't turn my head and any movement at all hurt like the dickens!) I'm taking some hefty Motrin and muscle relaxers now (only at night), but, I'm really not getting a lot better. They even tested me for menongitis (eek -scary!), but it was negative, thankfully! So, I'm stuck with a sore, stiff neck for now. Its really a pain in the a$$! The doc wants me to cut my muscle relaxers in half and take them during the day, too, to see if that helps! I hate taking "those" kind of prescriptions - the ones that make me feel so "out of it." I even hate some allergy medications for the same reason. I just don't like feeling so out of control of my own body.

What is torticollis?
Torticollis, also known as wryneck, is a twisting of the neck that causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle.

Torticollis is caused by irritation to cervical nerves, which results in spasm of the neck muscles. In addition to vigorous movement or injury, torticollis may be caused by the following:
sleeping in an awkward position
neck muscle injury at birth
burn injury
any injury that causes heavy scarring and skin shrinkage
neck muscle spasm
herniated disc
viral or bacterial infection (like a sinus infection or stomach bug!)

What are the symptoms of torticollis?
The following are the most common symptoms of torticollis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
neck muscle pain or pain down the spine
inability to turn the head, usually holding it twisted to one side
spasm of the neck muscles
awkward position of the chin

Lanny said...

Just checking in to see how you're doing. I hope all is well!

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