A Pain in the Neck In More Ways Than One

November 2, 2013
 While modern medicine can work wonders much of the time, it may not have all the answers to health and healing.

I recommend you read the first post in this series, Life Happens When You Are Busy Making Other Plans

As I wrote back on July 19, in How to Interpret Your Dreams, I have a problem called Cervical Dystonia, which happens to .1% of people. It is a pain in the neck similar to the pain of a Charlie Horse in your legs. In this case, the neck can have a painful spasm when it moves to the left, right, up or down, preventing a person from driving or doing many of activities that require the head to move — which is much of the time.

There is no cure, but Botox (botulinum toxin) works 95% of the time. However, since Botox is a deadly toxin, sometimes a body rejects it, and I am one of the 5% of the .1% with the disorder who aren’t helped with injections. Furthermore, Botox has left me weak, wobbly, and sleepy as it works its way through my body.

I’ve been told it should take about three months. Last month I spent a week in the hospital. But now I am now gradually getting back some strength and am not quite as unbalanced as I had been.

Of course, there is one other option, surgery. Unfortunately, a common side-effect of that procedure is not being able to swallow. Since I’m partial to swallowing, I am determined to get rid of this pain in the neck (or at least diminish it as much as I can) — using imagery, hypnosis, exercises, and a brace. Already, the pain is much more tolerable

I have high hopes that my life will be much brighter in another couple months.

I am building my confidence that with my track record of health problems I will be be successful. After all, in 2001, I had Guillain Barre Syndrome that affects .001% to .002% of the people.  Came out of that with very few side-effects.

A friend suggests that with my record I should visit Las Vegas.

In the next post, I will describe the problems my husband is facing as we discover our world has turned upside down.

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