when i'm in pain, any kind, it seems my pre-frontal cortex goes out for an inexcusably long coffee break. so while the Executive is out to lunch, let's (me) indulge in negative thoughts and get it out of our (my) system.
FOR REAL: magic necklace that i got in the mail yesterday from my aunt in la ACTUALLY WORKS! and i don't even believe in it! not only am i skeptic of new-agey stuff, i really don't think i am very suggestible either. i don't think it's a placebo effect i'm experiencing. seriously.
the wicked, persistent, unflinching neck pain i've had since mid-march has actually lessened* since the afternoon opera rehearsal i had yesterday. (of course i've also been attached to a constant ice-pack, inhaling advil and took muscle relaxants...but! i've done that for months with no relief.)
i have no idea how they work. i will do investigative work (googling) and report back. this is what they look like, and i saw them here for the same price that my aunt paid. wow, i sound like an infomercial:
"Believe me, I was the biggest cynic out there, but I scoff no longer...cuz it worked for me!! AND IT'LL WORK FOR YOU TOO...
i think my aunt got mine at MARUKAI, the japanese market in southern calif.
(can't find it, but WOW there's tons of fun stuff...)
oh and btw they have a new store in cupertino (bay area/no.calif),
*ok, disclaimer time: i might be a little bit of a ばか (DUMBASS).
*full disclosure: i realize that at this moment i must honestly report that i am experiencing some really annoying, disheartening pain, but i swear it's not asexcruciating as pre-necklace...omg, it is a placebo, isn't it? (no it's not!) (but it is; it MUST be!)
OK, due to my embarassingly obvious inner conflict, i am modifying/clarifying my official recommendation for neck pain relief:
hot/cold pack + muscle relaxants* + violin-avoidance + magnetic necklace + prayer + [i give up, i want some]VICODIN. (now we're talking real magic...)
ANOTHER WARNING: do not use ice-pack directly on skin like i just did !?@# like a total ばか, even though it feels sooo good...i can't resist...
THANKS ANYWAY, MIRIAM! also for the new hot/cold pack with washable-cover (with cats on it!) !!
*i have several prescriptions---carisoprodol, tizanidine, and amrix. i only take them at night, and/or i don't have to go anywhere for several hours because they all make you severely drowsy. actually, i have not taken the samples of amrix that i have, because i am scared to...it is advertised as "the first and only 24-hour muscle relaxer." translation: 24-hr coma. osteopath told me to take it and drink coffee all day...but still, it's like giving up a day of your life... which i guess i would do, if it helped my neck.