What a PAIN in the NECK! Literally!!

What a PAIN in the NECK! Literally!!

After three months, my sprained shoulder hasn’t really gotten much better so I vowed to wear my shoulder brace for the next six weeks. I succeeded in wearing it for 48 hours.

I’m not sure if it was that, or maybe me sleeping funny the night before last, but I now have a pinched nerve in my neck. I have never had one before and I had NO idea how painful they are! It’s excruciating!!! Thank goodness I had some pain pills left over from my toothache a couple of years ago – the same ones I used sparingly after I fell off the boat.

This is the fourth most painful thing I’ve ever experienced.

Here is my pain-intolerance list:

1. Labor and childbirth
2. When I tore my MCL falling off a non-moving Jet Ski (clutz!)
3. My falling off the boat accident (double clutz!)
4. Pinched nerve in my neck

It even hurts to swallow and sleeping, well, that’s pretty much impossible. I’m writing this at 12:30 a.m. and I’m afraid to lie down because that hurts too bad. And, I certainly can’t sleep sitting up. Believe me, I’ve tried. Needless to say, I’m a bit frazzle-brained.

My WritersWeekly and BookLocker family members here have banned me from the following until future notice:

1. Social media posts (ha ha ha)
2. Accounting tasks (understandable)
3. Late-night online shopping (hmmm…..)

Oh, and our son, Max, and our Managing Editor, Brian, are both down with the flu right now. I woke up with a gucky throat, which has gotten worse throughout the day. Throat clearing and coughing with a pinched nerve in my neck has been an entirely NEW adventure in whining for me, much to the annoyance of everyone around me. But, at least I’m not pregnant, or falling off jet skis and boats!


LOOK! I HAVE 2 KNEES ON ONE LEG!! My First Major Liveaboard Accident… (includes grotesque pics!)

How I Tore My MCL

Welcome Home, Mason!!!

Tooth Stuck in Badminton Net…

Bad Dentist!

Angela Hoy lives on a mountain in North Georgia. She is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the President and CEO of BookLocker.com and AbuzzPress, and the author of 24 books.

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7 Responses to "What a PAIN in the NECK! Literally!!"

  1. Patricia Hilliard  February 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    You need to see a chiropractor. A bone or disk may have shifted when you fell. Chiropractors can knock it back into place and pain will be gone instantly. Get it adjusted before damage is done to your nerve.

  2. Ethel  February 12, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Meditation can help, but not cure. I listen to a CD of ocean sounds but you have the real things. Concentrate on the lapping of water on the side of the boat. Stay quiet and if you start feeling better go on staying quiet. Otherwise you’ll do too much too soon and set yourself back. Instead of pain pills, try a spoonful of honey at bedtime, might help you sleep for a few hours anyway. Read the other day you should alternate heat (heating pad) and cold(ice packs) . Tried it on my ankles and it worked. Try not to stress – won’t work but try anyway – tensing up is awful for what you are dealing with.

    Sorry this has happened. When you’re as busy and involved with life as you are it’s awful to be grounded. Good luck – it will take more time than you think, but properly done it’s probably as good as the medical professionals can prescribe.

  3. Linda G  February 12, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Ang, try to massage it GENTLY right around where it hurts, yes I know but it could thank you. Don’t sleep with your arm crooked under your head, keep arms down in front of you.

    Please stop self destructing.

    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of WritersWeekly.com  February 12, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      Definitely not trying to self destruct. I’m just a bit of a clutz. When I was a kid, my mom put me in gymnastics to try to fix that. On the parallel bars one day, I fell and almost broke my coach’s arm. She refused to teach me further. It’s okay. I wasn’t terribly fond of gymnastics anyway. 😉

  4. Cheryl Tuskes  February 11, 2019 at 8:54 am

    You may have thrown your back out. I would find a reputable chiropractor and get checked out. My lower back goes out from time to time and it can be painful. Everything is connected to your spine. When it goes out other things can hurt.

    I hope you find relief!

  5. Pamela Allegretto  February 8, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Geeze, you need to catch a break! Sending you positive thoughts for a speedy recovery. Take care!

  6. CHRIS NORBURY  February 7, 2019 at 10:05 pm


    I’m certainly counting my blessings that I ache in several fewer places than you do, and not as severely. Plus I’ve only endured a mild cold this winter. Get better soon. Rest, ice, heat, and NSAIDs are the first line of defense, unless you need those “real” painkillers. Best wishes.

    Chris Norbury