This was a three-day weekend for me due to the holiday. I had intended to take advantage of it with a mix of bike riding and yardwork. The weather was hot and sunny.
I spent the entire three days laying bed.
When I woke up Saturday, my right shoulder/neck/upper back/right arm area was extremely sore. I thought maybe I had just slept wrong. Just thinking about riding a bike made me hurt.
As the day went on, it got worse. I had been up moving around the house. I took a shower. I continued to get worse. It was major pain that made doing anything impossible. I couldn’t sit in a chair. I couldn’t stand up for long. Laying in bed with my right arm over my head was the only thing that eased the pain a little.
I had little sleep on Friday night. Laying in bed during the day naturally led to falling asleep. Sleeping though agonizing pain is a great thing… when you can do it. I slept most of Saturday.
When evening came, I knew I’d be in trouble. I figured I wouldn’t be able to sleep. I was wrong. I slept though the night and into mid-morning Sunday.
I had been taking an anti-inflammatory to combat the pain. It had a limited effect.
Sunday was slightly better, but I was still mostly bed-ridden. I didn’t sleep the day away, but read several books on my Kindle.
Sunday night sucked. I was in too much pain. I kept my wife up with my bitching and moaning.
Today (Monday) started bad, but got better toward the evening. I read another book on the Kindle.
By evening I was able to sit at the computer for brief periods. I hauled my recumbent bike out of the basement and prepared it for tomorrow’s commute. Riding an upright bike is out of the question right now.
What caused this? I have a few ideas. I have arthritis in my right shoulder. I have an mostly-constant stiff neck. The two are probably related.
Last Saturday (the 21st) I rode 94 miles on my LHT to Danville. My neck had been bothering me before the trip. On Sunday I rode another 42 miles. I also commuted on an upright bike every day.
When riding a road bike you actually have to tilt your head backward to see straight ahead. I think I strained a muscle in there somewhere. I believe it’s causing a pinched nerve.
I have an appointment with my doctor in about a week. In the meantime I’m going to try to see a chiropractor. I’ve never been to a chiropractor before, but this is way beyond what a massage therapist can handle.