Friday, April 16, 2010

A Real Pain in the Neck

I just saw a headline for an article on Yahoo--"Nine Surprising Symptoms of Stress."  The guy pictured was rubbing his neck.  I didn't stop to read the article, but if the rubbing of the neck is one of those symptoms, it's not worth reading.  That's no surprise symptom if you ask me.

Z and I used to joke around that I had a pain in the neck and he had a pain in the butt.  I'm sure I have no idea what he's talking about.  Oh, and I promise, it was just a joke (at least on my part).

Lately I really do have a pain in the neck.  It's almost daily.  It ends up being a full-blown migraine most days.  Being a nursing mom, I can't take what I normally do to nip it in the bud, so I've had to be a little more creative than normal.

Yesterday, I decided that since these headaches are coming on in the morning, it must have something to do with the pillow I'm using, so I went and bought a new pillow.  I was so excited last night to sleep on it.  I was sure it was going to be just perfect and I would be in heaven.

I climbed into bed with great anticipation, laid my head down on it's clean, white, fluffiness and...

Whoosh...all the fluffiness deflated right out from under my head.  HUGE disappointment!  I could actually feel the matress through the layers of pillowcase and pillow.  I kind of smooshed it all up under my head and that was much better.

On the good side of this, I don't have a headache this morning.  My neck's a little achy, but I think that's kind  of par for the course right now.

So, I went back to Yahoo and read part of the article because I saw that it would tell how to remedy each problem.  Here's what it said, oh, by the way, the neck thing was #1 on the list, "If you're experiencing what you believe to be stress-related muscle symptoms, try this exercise: Take 5 to 10 deep breaths and focus on relaxing the tense area of your body, says Dr. Lombardo. For the neck, try gentle neck rolls or enlist your husband to give you a quick shoulder rub."

I'm totally laughing...oh and rolling my shoulders and breating deeply while focusing...Why does it say "husband?"  Do they just assume that women are the only ones who get this pain?  


DJ said...

Haha I don't think dad will say no!

Holly Renee said...

Also, do they assume everyone has a husband? I hope your neck pain starts to get better!

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