Friday, October 15, 2010

Feelin' Groovy...

For the last nine weeks ( trust me, I've checked my diary) I've been sleeping horribly.
Really horribly... as in little or no sleep, and I've been in constant pain - which is only alleviated when I get up out of bed and pace around for most of the night.

I go to bed absolutely dead on my feet, drift off to sleep as normal, but then wake about an hour or two later feeling like someone is sticking a hot knife in my sinus cavities and the pain radiates all down my neck and throat.
So of course, I just figured it was sinus related... you know?

So I went to the doctor.
Not once or twice, but three times, and he did absolutely nothing for the pain, telling me that I had "facial neuralgia" and I would just have to learn to live with it.
Yeah... as if I could survive getting by on 2 or 3 hours sleep a night?
Get out!
I tried everything I could think of... from sinus tablets, pain killers, to using a Neti Pot, hot compresses, an infrared massager...
And NOTHING worked.

In desperation, I made an appointment with the chiropractor (he's so cute that I don't know why I didn't think of him sooner - if only for the eye candy factor ) and he took x rays... and then told me that my neck was severely pinched, causing a bundle of nerves in my neck to affect my face.

I was a bit leery since I've heard it all for the last nine weeks, but I figured I had nothing to lose - and I went ahead and had the "adjustment".
Well, the pain stopped almost instantly, and I slept through the night for the first time in months.
I was due to go back the next day, but had to cancel the appointment - and I went right back to being in agony again.

So I made another appointment for the day before yesterday, and within minutes he again alleviated all the pain.
But he also recommended that I use a water pillow - which he just happened to sell right there in his office.

And I thought "yeah sure... and just how much is this "special water pillow" gonna cost me?"
That's when the Old Guy stepped in, and said that if it would help me, he would buy it for me.
(I think that he did it because it comes with a full 90 day guarantee, and if it didn't work, he would get his money back, but at least he offered, eh?)

So we bought the pillow... even though I was still a little bit unsure about it working the miracles that the chiroprator said it would.
By the time we got home, I was starting to get a little bit excited about it, and I couldn't wait to fill it and try and maybe - just maybe - get a good nights sleep for a change.
So I filled that sucker with the 5 litres (about 5 quarts) of water like the chiro recommended, (5 quarts because I have broad shoulders, which means a higher shoulder to neck ratio) did all the squishing and pummeling to distribute the water that he said to do, and I gave it a try.
Well, it felt okay, but I was still hesitant... and I decided to give it the true test.

I would go to bed without using hot compresses, infrared massage, tablets or any of the other things that I've been using for nine weeks... and just see what it could actually do.
And it worked!
But since I had already had one good nights sleep last week after the adjustment, I felt that maybe it was just the adjustment and not the pillow that had done the trick.

So last night was the ultimate test...
No adjustment, no pills or potions or trying to get to sleep tricks - and I used just the pillow.

And this morning?
I have to honestly say that I haven't felt this good in years !!!
No lie.
No pain waking me up in the night, no neck or shoulder stiffness or hungover feeling at all - and I feel like a new woman!

I feel great!!!!
Is it the pillow?
Or is it just that the adjustments have kicked in?

I dunno... but I'm honestly "Feelin' Groovy" this morning!!!

If you're in pain and want a good nights sleep, I highly recommend trying the Chiroflow pillow - especially since it comes with a money-back guarantee. Which I won't be taking advantage of now... Believe me!!
And the chiropractor?
This is what he looks like.
Pity I don't need him anymore...

(This is actually the singer Shannon Noll... but he could pass for Dr Davids' identical twin!)

Hey wait! On second thought... the pillow probably won't work with the occasional pain in my feet and ankles... so I guess I'll just have to go back and see him again anyway...

Lucky me, eh? : )


Kurichan said...

SO glad to hear you are feeling better, but also SO SAD to hear you have been suffering! :-( I had no idea things have been so rough.....So unfair that someone who gives so much to others has to go through the things you do! Here's hoping things are picking up! xoxox

Karen Deborah said...

You do need him a pinch that bad isn't cured that fast go regularly for awhile. Chiropractors have saved me from being a cripple. Without them I probably would have been an invalid years ago. I"m glad you tried both! A lot of people refuse to even give chiropractic a chance. There is an insurance company here named Chirocare that charges a small yearly fee to reduce the cost of each visit. I am so glad you feel better! We have to SLEEP!

farmlady said...

Wow,I want one of these pillows.... and I might even make an appointment with a Chiropractor. I always thought that having an adjustment was a bunch of baloney but this is proof that it might have value. Anything that reduces or takes pain away is valuable no matter what the remedy.
I'm getting more and more pain at night and and wake up, frequently, feeling like a very old lady. (Well, I am old but that's beside the point.) Your testimonial has convinced me that if something works it's worth a try. Thanks for spreading the word.

Marjie said...

I need me a water pillow. I have constant neck and shoulder pain; I just don't whine, because no one wants to listen. Sometimes I can even sleep out of exhaustion! I'm glad you found the solution to your problem, and I hope you don't have to go see him too often, looks notwithstanding.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

ROFL...glad you found a reason to go back!!! :-)) AND so glad your pain is resolved!!!! What a fantastic pillow that must be!!!! Wonderful!!! Love you, Janine XO

Libby's Library said...

I've had a ChiroFlow Pillow, and liked it a lot, but I think that one of my sleezy little sticky fingered kids stole it, right out from under me!

I'm thinking that you shouldn't take any chances, so head on back to Dr. Dreamy, uuuummmm I mean Dr. David.

Take him something made with Crisco:-)

Anonymous said...

Even though I´ve never had to go to a chiropractor myself I´ve seen the result of many friends that has.

I know understand that they are heaven sent and if a chiropractor would tell me my rheumatism would disappear if I ran straight in to a wall head first I would do it :-) :-)

Have a great day now!

Kathy said...

I'm sorry you've been feeling so badly. Sounds like you've hit on the solution though. The pillow sounds pretty interesting. I'll have to check it out on the internet.

Gramma 2 Many said...

I sleep on a feather pillow, but my Chiropractor husband sleeps on the water pillow. He loves it. When my sinus gets sore and stuffed, he adjusts it for me and it begins to drain immediately.
Chiropractors have a very valid place in the health field. They have helped scores of people who have illnesses that Medical Doctors cannot heal or can treat only with drugs. Glad you are feeling better:)

joolzmac said...

I bought Gus one of those pillows just before we went away on holidays. He grumbled all around Europe about the pillows and couldn't believe how good it felt to get home to his water pillow. I felt the same way as the Old Guy, $95 (that's what it cost) is not a lot to pay if it gives relief. I on the other hand, use low, dacron filled pillows from Target (twin pack for $12.99) and don't like anything else. Call me cheap!

Cheers - Joolz

Nancy M. said...

Gosh, he is handsome, lol! I am so glad the pillow has worked out good for you! I have never heard of it, I might look into it for my hubby!


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