A Pain in the Neck

I must be prone to injury because it seems like I am in constant pain with some part of my body.  Maybe I just push myself too hard and end up overexerting my body.  All I know is that this is getting frustrating…

Yesterday in my CrossFit class I strained my neck.  I’m not sure when or how exactly it happened, but I’m thinking it was while doing kettlebell swings.  This was my first time doing this movement and I think I used too much weight, 35 pounds.  Our workout of the day (WOD) was to repeat the following circuit 4 times with a 2 minute break between each set.

  • 30 seconds kettlebell swings
  • 30 seconds AbMat sit-ups
  • 30 seconds air squats
  • 30 seconds mountain climbers

After the first set, I felt slightly lightheaded, but as usual it was hot in the box so I drank some water and pushed through. I didn’t feel any pain throughout the workout or the cool down stretches.  But when I got in my car, the pain began and it continued to get worse through the night.  So much so that I felt nauseous and completely lost my appetite.  The pain starts at the base of my skull on the left side where is is strongest and radiates down to my shoulder muscle.  Motrin didn’t seem to helping so Barry went out to get me an IcyHot patch.  I kept that on all night and it helped ease the pain a bit.  Needless to say, I had trouble sleeping, but around 3 am the pain started to lessen and the nausea subsided.

Today I’m home and resting.  I have a heating pad around my neck and crossing my fingers this will subside by the evening.  At least my kitties are taking care of me 🙂

It’s been quite the year for me in terms of injuries.  First it was psoas tendonitis, then it was tendonitis in my ankle, and most recently the posterior shin splints I’ve been battling with. This is getting a little old.  I just want to get strong and healthy and I keep hitting these roadblocks along the way!  Can you tell I’m FRUSTRATED?!?!?

Have you ever strained your neck from exercise?  Any tips for faster healing?

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  • I’m sorry to hear it Sarah. I recently have had some back pain on my right side that I attributed to sleeping on a hard bed at my mom’s house in Texas.. but no.. it’s still there 4 days after I’ve been home in NY. I’m a little worried it will interfere with my run so I’m just trying to take extra time to really stretch my entire body before I run (or just every day) … not just my legs and lower body.

    I hope you feel better soon and maybe try doing lighter weights? Especially as we get closer to our big run… I know I’m not going to push myself as hard to make sure I don’t injure myself before the 5k! Good luck!

    • Thanks. It’s feeling slightly better today and I’m seeing a chiropractor this afternoon. I have a real problem with pushing myself too hard, which is why I think I keep getting injured. Definitely learn from my mistakes and take it easy! 🙂

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