before i get into this, i understand that many will consider the rational response to be "go see a doctor". and i agree. but today is saturday, and i might respond with this question: what kind?
i'm having a very dispiriting issue today. i can't move my neck/head without a great deal of pain. it seems to be connected to the left side of the back of my skull: the soft tissue there. you know how if you grab the back of your head and tense, you can feel two main channels of muscles/something running up to the back of your head (the area you'd usually massage)? the stuff on the left side of my skull feels weak.
i can sort of lift my head up and down, but i can't easily turn it left or right. even weirder, things are easier if i lift my left arm and apply pressure with my hand to the top of my head. the i can move my head in any direction without the usual amount of pain. another weird sympton: it hurts on my left side, into my torso, to chew and swallow. but only along the left side of things. seems to be connected with whatever happens to tense in the left forehead area when you chew.
how did this happen? i'm not sure, but i think it happened monday night in my sleep. i woke up with a slightly sore neck.
my girlfriend says i mentioned it a couple of times on tuesday.
last night it got very acute. during sleep, every time i rolled over or tried to lift my torso, i winced with pain in my neck and had to lay back down. then i'd grab my head with my arm and movement was subsequently possible.
i worked out this morning anyway... i warmed up for a nice long time, and did squats and legs. all that's fine. as long as i kept my head straight, the rest of everything worked fine and felt fine.
if i move carefully, slowly, and deliberately, i can get the movement done. if i forget, it hurts like hell. it feels like a sprain behind and below my left ear, at the base of the skull.
i'm probably going to wander over to a drugstore and see if immobilizing it helps. right now, this is fairly dispiriting, as it makes anything difficult. cooking, cleaning, watching tv (laying against the couch? forget about it). as a single parent, on a weekend, it's making things hell.
do i think it's serious? right now i'd guess no, i figure it'll pass. but has anyone had this? sometimes.. maybe once or thrice a year, i'll wake up with a charlie horse. it usually happens when i'm stretching my leg in my sleep. it almost feels like i charlie horsed my neck.
thoughts? suggestions? (pity?)