Neck pain plagues me. Even though my surgery removing my SCM 22 years ago, along with a third of my tongue, was a great success, one of the long term effects is muscular issues in my imbalanced neck which leads to headaches. Last night, I had a discovery. The non-surgical side is the one that causes me pain. I fell very little on the surgical side. The pain started in my mid neck and I was experiencing a lower global headache. I massaged the area and pressed on my occipital area. It wasn’t helping.
I started to do the same on the surgical side, gentle pressing and rubbing. I started to feel relief! Obviously, I have nerve damage and scar tissue on that side, so sensitivity is lacking. After 2 Tylenols, in the middle of the night, I was able to get back to sleep.
In the morning, I knew I could take something stronger for the pain. Butalbitol seems to help (acetaminophen (325mg) and caffeine (40mg)) which together acts as a muscle relaxer.
When I shared with other oral cancer survivors about the pain in my neck, many told me they experience the same. If you are a survivor of oral cancer and reading this, don’t stop doing stretches to maintain supple tissue and stimulate nerves. My next post will include exercises that can help.
I’m writing this post with an icepack inside a long pillowcase that is tied in a knot around my neck with my husbands belt wrapped through the knot and around my back to hold cold pressure so I can be hands-free. Please comment below and tell me what you know about neck pain for oral cancer survivors.