I’ve had a spate of migraines recently. Two days ago, when I woke up in the morning, the left side of my neck and shoulder were very painful. I’ve had neck pain with migraine for years, and problems with my neck for a long time in general. I soldiered in to work, made it through the day with acetaminophen, heat patches, and a small massager. I took a hot shower last night, seemed to help.
This morning I woke up and it was slightly better, but still painful. I couldn’t get an appt. with either my regular massage therapist or my dr., who is a DO. He has a new partner who is also a DO, and I made an appt., though I’d seen her once before for osteopathic manipulative therapy before, and didn’t care for her manner. But being in pain and it being before a holiday weekend, well, you get the picture.
So, she did some OMT. What I didn’t like, though, was I felt I was being interrogated. “Do you meditate?” “I used to.” “Well maybe you need to start again; your muscles are extremely tight.” I told her I’d had a massage just two weeks ago. (I stopped because I kept dozing off, so I must’ve been relaxed at some level!) I take my breaks at work, get plenty of sleep, do relaxation exercises almost nightly, etc. Then I mentioned I’d been sleeping on two pillows, maybe I needed to stop that, but if I slept on one, I start coughing with post-nasal drip, because of course I also have allergies. I mentioned I have GERD. “Well, are you following a GERD diet?” “Not specifically. I know to have my last meal at least 2 hours before bed; limit caffeine, alcohol, etc.” “Well, you could look up GERD diet.” (I did. I didn’t learn anything I’m not already following.”
So, she wants to see me for a follow-up appt. in two weeks. I am unsure of whether I will or not. Depends on how I feel. Hubby was upset when I told him of the interaction, and I was also pretty down in the dumps. I said, “I’m almost 53, I’ve had migraines, stress, and GERD a good chunk of my life. I research my health issues a lot, and take better care of myself than most people. I felt like I was getting lectured.”
Now, G-d forbid, maybe I’m ratcheting up to a new pain level. But in my life, every now and then, I’ve had painful episodes with neck or back, no matter what I do. Same with another health issue, I sometimes seem to get multiple sinus infections in a period of time, no matter what I do. It’s very frustrating, the more so because I DO try hard to take care of myself.
Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to vent. I’m scheduled for a massage this Saturday.
Anyone else have issues with neck and shoulder pain after having a period of migraine headaches?