Stiff neck. I had one for about two weeks, I figured I slept wrong, you would probably think the same thing. Unfortunately, that was not the explanation. Saturday, I woke up stiffer than usual with almost no range of movement in my neck. I sucked it up, got dressed and went to work. Went through the whole day carefully. Turned my whole body instead of my neck when people talked to me. Went home, hot shower, heating pad, little relief. At 2:30 I could take it no longer. I had my husband take me to the ER, the kids unfortunately had to come too.
I was released from the ER at 8 am Sunday morning. I called the office and let them know I wasn't going to be in that day, which is extremely unusual for me. I NEVER call in sick. Sunday at 8pm the pain had doubled and we dropped the kids off at my sister-in-law's and we went back to the ER. A CT, MRI and 8 hours later I was in an ambulance being transfered from the small hospital to Downtown Baylor for an ENT & Neurosurgeon consult. I have an abscess of fluid in my neck between my spinal-cord & esophagus. Lots of IVs, pain pills and other things, I'm home. Not necessarily cured, but not stuck in a place where I have to be woken up every 2 hours to check my blood pressure & temperature.
We still don't know where it came from our best guess so far is a sinus infection that went wrong. There are still tests & cultures being run. I am lacking in stamina that's for sure, but I am looking forward to an uninterrupted sleep tonight in my own bed. I want to thank my husband who took awesome care of the babies and the house while I was in the hospital and my parents who were on call to come up if it went south. Although I would love to see them, I'm glad it didn't go south. I'm off to curl up in my comfortable bed and down my pain pill(s).
Don't take your health for granted like I did. Look what a sinus infection did to me.