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),
(and also in osaka and hawaii!!)
(ooh they're having a "June Bikkuri Sale" !! ...who needs five different kinds of SPAM?)
*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 as excruciating 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.