Now I've strained my neck dagnammit. Must have slept in an awkward position or something on Monday night as I woke up with a stiff neck and shoulder. Gradually got more painful so I'm back on the painkillers, heat cushion and gentle exercises. Downloaded the NHS pdf containing the exercises and advice. It's excruciating when I wake up so I'm waking Jeff and the dog with my whimpering but after I've been moving around it becomes easier. It should resolve by itself but I am starting to feel rather decrepit
Jeff thinks that it may have been brought on by the way the dog pulls sometimes as it's on the side that I hold the lead when we go on our daily walks...but I think it's more likely I just slept in an awkward position...
Sometimes these things come from habitual movement (or lack of it). I once got weird pains in one arm and shoulder, and eventually guessed it was because I used a backpack slung over one shoulder, and was unconsciously holding the shoulder in a hitched-up position to stop the strap from slipping off. Once I switched to a cross-body courier bag, it went away. There might be something in the dog-lead explanation (though maybe, combining that with an awkward sleeping position would bring it all to a head).
The muscular-skeletal branch of ortho pediatricians ran a big promotion some years ago warning of the damage caused by carrying back packs on one shoulder. Even the young primary school kids were carrying far too much weight. After 10 years of school carting several Kg weight each day research found pain, frozen shoulder, scoliosis and loss of function to be among the outcomes. Many schools made rules to forbid one shoulder carrying and now the smaller hi-tech devices have replaced heavy text books Kids growing bones go out of shape easily. Have you ever noticed that Orthpaedic means "straight child". Must have been a very early specialty.
Travel! Set out and head for pastures new[br] Life tastes the richer when you’ve road worn feet.[br]Ibn Battuta[br]
I sometimes feel as though I am the only person in Paris not carrying a backpack. I absolutely cannot fathom what men in my age group find to carry around constantly. Perhaps several changes of adult diapers?