Gone For 3 Weeks From Nerve Pain
Howdy WA Friends!
As of today, I've been gone for just over 3 weeks and it was not by my own choice. Before this incident, I had gone through every post on my site except for one, but I couldn't continue. Something happened that prevented me from moving forward with my intended plans.
In my past, I've dealt with Carpal Tunnel before, while it can be painful I knew how to alleviate the pain to keep it at bay. Then a few years ago, I was told I had developed Tech Neck, which I had no clue that was actually a thing, but I found out that it certainly is.
Both conditions deal with nerve pain that can be quite painful, however, I wasn't experiencing either of these issues 3 weeks ago when I abruptly had to stop what I was doing. It was a Friday evening and I did some WA training and then continued working on one of my posts.
Here's what happened; in between working on my sites, WA, and online in general, I try to take several breaks throughout the day. Doing this helps take my mind to places other than working on here and it provides stretching, walking, and at least some minimal exercise.
In my shop, I tinker with a lot of projects, some big and some small, but I'm always doing something. This time I was tearing apart a riding mower I picked up from a friend, I had no intention of fixing the mower, I just wanted to part it out and make a few extra bucks.
Not my first rodeo, I've been doing this stuff for years. I sell the small stuff through eBay and the bigger parts on Craigslist. This mower had a 46" mowing deck in decent shape, but the engine wasn't running, so I started to take it all apart.
That's when I found several bolts that were not budging, so I sprayed PB Blaster on them and let them soak for a bit. When I had come back I was surprised that they still wouldn't budge, so I decided to persuade them with a bigger socket set.
I believe these bolts were installed using an impact driver, but I got them out with my bigger ratchet set and it was not that tough to do. That was after using everything I had with the small socket set that wouldn't budge them at all.
Once I had them out I called it a night and went back to my computer to work on my posts again. After about an hour I started noticing slight pain in my neck and shoulder that ended at my right arm muscle.
Within a few more hours the pain was so intense I couldn't think straight, it was constant non-stop. There was no way I could do anything at all and the pain was getting more intense as time moved forward.
While giving it everything to loosen those bolts I had unknowingly torn a muscle in my neck/shoulder area which pinched a nerve in my neck. Everything is still as it was that night, both in my shop and online here, I've been gone for 3 weeks.
I couldn't get any good rest and the first two weeks were incessant non-stop searing pain that I used Ibuprophen and Lidocaine to treat. Neck and shoulder massages with Lidocaine showed I had developed a knot in the area, it was the pinched nerve I guess.
Through daily Lidocaine massages and pain relievers, it's slowly fading, not quite gone. This last week I was able to concentrate and I felt ready, but I held off. There's no way I want to aggravate that injury again. It's worse than any Carpal or Tech Neck I've ever experienced.
So today is the day I decided to return to finish what I started with my site posts. I plan to continue with my online business plans and I'm leaving the mower for some later time. I've missed being in WA for the last 3 weeks, but I plan to be here for many more years.
Despite having been in the top 50 when this occurred I was shocked to see I'm still in the top 100 after 3 weeks of being gone. Now it's time for me to get back to work and see what I can do to write some more good content.
Hope everyone is doing well.