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Getting frustrated and feeling worse every day...

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  • Posted By: h0ser81
  • March 14, 2008
  • 08:49 AM

Alright without getting to overly long here I've been having chronic neck pain for several months now. I saw a chiropractor and the pain subsided for a few months so I stopped going. Then the other night I was laying down in bed for a nap before work when I experienced what most people call sleep paralysis. Now I've had sleep paralysis episodes before and know exactly what's going on so they don't really bother me. But this time was different. During the episode I had this tingly pressured feeling in my chest and arms and I couldn't catch my breath. I remember trying to call out to my wife in the next room but obviously I was paralyzed so no words came out. Then I remember trying to kick my feet around on the bed to make noise which I don't think my body responded to either. Finally I had come out of it enough to get myself awake and sat up. I called for my wife to come over and she asked me what was wrong. I explained what had happened and now that I'm awake I had sever pain in my hands, arms and neck. I figured it was just my neck acting up again, although the sleep paralysis shook me up a bit. So I went to work. About 3 hours into my shift I couldn't take the pain anymore and left work and headed to the ER. There the doc said I probably just strained my neck or I might have a herniated disc. Now the herniated disc does explain the neck pain and tingly hand and arms but doesn't explain the weird sleep paralysis. Also as of the past 2 weeks my ear canals have been itching me like crazy and it feels like I've got something caught in my throat that I can't hack up no matter what I do. I'm scheduled to go for an MRI on Monday but I'm just wondering if anyone else has had anything like this? I'm tired of my wife saying "Oh it's no big deal you're fine." when I know something is definitely not right here. I have rarely been sick throughout my life and in the past year I've had nothing but problem after problem.

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