mystery of back pain

I ended up sleeping away my Sunday because my back was injured. I’m not sure why or how, but I know that I can’t bow my head, or rest it on my shoulder without my neck/back pain going mission critical.

The thing is– I have no idea how this happened.

Luckily, I’ve had some time to think it over and I’ve come up with a few really plausible possibilities.

Theory 1: Sleep Ninja-ing

I imagine myself as Mona Lisa, the mutant salamander girl ninja with a propensity towards spontaneous huggings.
I imagine myself as Mona Lisa, the mutant salamander girl ninja with a propensity towards spontaneous huggings.

It’s possible that I’ve started sleep ninja-ing.  The lights go out, I lie down to sleep– and then while in a dreamstate, I wake up and prowl the night, looking for people who need me to unleash my ninja power upon them. 

Perhaps all those high kicks and chops pulled a muscle that didn’t want to be pulled?

Theory 2: Curse

Not all curses come from folk who look like this. A girl's gotta be careful.
Not all curses come from folk who look like this. A girl’s gotta be careful.

A woman came into my place of business recently and complimented my neck.  Maybe what started as a kind thought morphed into angry neck-jealousy, and resulted in an afterthought hexing?

Theory 3: Robot

It’s possible that I’m a robot and my parts are malfunctioning!  I wonder if I’m still under warranty?

Theory 4: Future Me

Maybe one of those time traveling clones that is always interfering with my life came back in time to give me neck/back pain in order to prevent something truly horrible.  Perhaps, because I have such pain, I’ll shift my normal plans enough to avert worldly disaster.

Theory 5: Neck Slug

Like a brain slug, except with more claws.
Like a brain slug, except with more claws.

I could have an entirely invisible parasite clinging to the outside of my body, claws embedded deep into my neck and back.   I think I could actually test this theory by ramming myself backwards against a wall, but Dave doesn’t approve of my plan.

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Well, that’s all I have in terms of theories.

Which do you think is more likely?  Do you ever get mystery pain?

61 thoughts on “mystery of back pain

  1. I’ve had a few weird and not so wonderful pains that investigation revealed had a cause. And nothing as exciting as any of your possibilities.
    Might it be the case that Dave is now harbouring thoughts of ninjadom and has given you night time hugs of ginormous proportions, rendering your super healing powers less than effective? Just a thought. But maybe you’re transmitting your fabulous imagination in your sleep and he’s caught it. 🙂
    Hope the pain doesn’t last. Whatever its causes a pain is still a pain. In the neck or elsewhere. x

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    1. Genius! I hadn’t thought that I might have been subjected to Super Hugs. Maybe Dave has superpowers and he hasn’t wanted to tell me until he figures out a cool super hero name!! And so he’s saving his super hugs for when I’m asleep. This explains so much! 😀

      Thanks, lovely lady. I’m feeling better-ish already! 🙂

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  2. Haha I like that. Being a sufferer of chronic pain in my back for the last 2-3 years I love the quirky way you have injected humour I might re blog this on my chronic pain blog if you don’t mind to lighten the mood x

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    1. I’m sorry for your chronic pain, and I’m sending you loads of positive thoughts and invisible anti-pain-slug rays in case either or both helps. 🙂 And yes, feel free to re-blog away. You always can here, without asking. Mi blog es su blog! xo!

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  3. Ha! Cute post Rara. I’ve definitely had those mysterious aches and pains. I once broke a rib and had no idea how it happened – just woke up in the morning with a broken rib. Never happened before or again.I think it may have been noctural ninja activities, as you mentioned, that caused it. I too have wondered upon occasion if some pain or ache was deliberate to keep something infinitely worse from happening ( I have a great deal of faith in a supreme being – can’t see how the world could exist the way it does without such an influence). It is rare (-asaurus) that one gets a glimpse of this happening, but I have a few times in my wanderings. (Got sidelined in a snowstorm once and the next day found out that there had been a multi-vehicle accident with fatalities exactly where I would have been when I would have been there had I continued.**shivers**) I think this covers the “Future Me” theory. I saw an episode of Star Trek -TNG once wher they had those neckslugs and they were invisible. It was Data who save the day.We all need a Data in our lives!

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    1. YES! The TNG episode is the one I was thinking of, and my brain went completely blank. I finally remembered the brain slugs in Futurama so I went with that picture, but it would have bothered me all night… so thank you! 🙂

      I have many stories like that myself, Paul… I never skip past the possibility of a larger, grander plan. 🙂

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  4. All cute and viable theories, lol. 🙂
    Or it could be just a lack of exercise, get into sit-up position and with hands behind head gently stretch u’r neck to relieve pressure from back. U’r ab muscles are weak, back muscles too tight.
    Once you feel better, start doing sit-ups in the morning and all back pains go away – guaranteed!
    Oh well, my theory is the most mundane, but i KISS (keep it simple silly). Blessings♥

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    1. 😀 Thanks, lovely lady! I actually do a lot of yoga, so my ab/back muscles tend to be on my side… which is probably why I was such a baby about this, ha! 🙂 Blessings!!

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  5. Being that I am way too directly direct and not creative with words at all, I thoroughly enjoyed your theories and explanations. I could picture every single one of them… even the invisible parasite!

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  6. It’s tin man syndrome. You just need a.little WD-most likely though a punched nerve, have someone roll a soup can gently from lowest point of shoulder blade to the base of your skull when the affected nerve gets struck roll can over that area longer using no additional pressure a few times a day until it’s worked loose again. Hope you feel better soon!

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  7. I’ve had a mystery pain in my hip and arm since Saturday – couldn’t work out what it was until my boyfriend reminded me that I skidded down the stairs drunk on Sat night! Whoops! In your case, I would say this is a classic example of time travelling, I’d cancel your plans and head back to bed for a while haha x

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    1. Yep, I don’t have a staircase so it probably wasn’t drunk-stair-diving, though I admire the story you get to tell about your injury… it definitely beats mine, ha! 😀

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    1. Haha! I love that. I’ll have to keep it in mind, though now I feel almost bad that I don’t get headaches very often, 😉 😀 Thanks for sharing this on Twitter, too… you’re the best!

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  8. Feel better Rara! I can’t help but wonder why being the powerful dinosaur you are, it might not be related to all of the dinosaur activity you are doing. Especially considering the physical structure of dino arms. Surely they cause neck problems….

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  9. Not sure what happened there, but my first message didn’t come through. As I was saying, if you don’t get better by the end of the day, you should consider going to see a specialist. Hope you get better soon though, sorry to hear it ruined your Sunday.

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    1. Oh, boo! Sorry to hear about your first message. I can’t stand it when that happens to me, ha! 🙂 I’m not 100% better yet, but I’m not feeling badly enough to take medicine, so I think I’m gonna let it play out. Thank you!!

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  10. Rara, Smiliing, this made me think of all the little gremlins that I have encountered over the years who have created havoc in my life with little (and sometimes) big pains. It is nice to see that your nailing down potential causers, I am sure as you consider the source you are also considering how to avoid them in the future. Please take care, Bill

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  11. So sorry to hear about your pain, Rara, and hope it goes soonest. Neck slug did make me laugh, however: such a wonderful image! xxx

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  12. Oh, this is the worst. I hate going into work limping or stiff and having to say, when people ask “what happened?”
    “Oh, nothing much. I took a nap.”

    It happened more and more the closer I got to 30. Now I’m afraid of naps, but I still take them.

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  13. Feel better! Also you’re totally a sleep-ninja — especially like Mona Lisa. 🙂
    Husband has a similar injury except his is from a weird compression on his neck.

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  14. Reblogged this on It's a lonely place and commented:
    I just loved this post, Rara Saur manages to inject a bit of humour, cutness, childishness but in a good way in the path of pain, be it hopefully short lived, but I would like to make a character out of my pain, I think snakes, but no I want a character like the one she makes, one I can poke fun at and throw against the wall to send it away 🙂

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  15. I always get mystery pain. I’ve had what you have. The first time it ever happened, I was out of town with friends on a beach. One min. I’m playing Frisbee and the next I was in so much pain I couldn’t hold up my head. A trip to the E.R. later, (Hours wait) I was told it was a bad muscle spasm. They gave me a neck brace and pain killers. I wonder if you’re in spasms. Have you been quite stressed lately?

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  16. Hmm, it might indeed be a hex. I think a ceremonial dance, salt, and a few episodes of American Horror Story: Coven are in order…

    Hope you get better soon. Sounds like I should give my massage gift card to YOU!

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  17. Neck slug.
    Though, it’s probably only the second most likely cause. The first being, you aren’t 18 anymore. Sorry, getting old comes with wisdom, experience, and aches and pains.
    My shoulder hurt off and on for several years before I finally brought it up with my doctor. He ran some tests, and then said, “exercise more.” Yep, getting old means we either have to change our activity level to keep our bodies at the same level of performance, or change the way we do things so we are more gentle on ourselves.

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  18. I have chronic lower back pain myself (ninjas, definitely ninjas). but over the years, my upper right shoulder would give me problems. Everyone kept telling me I just slept wrong, but I just knew someone out there had a voodoo doll and would get a yen to stick a needle right there just to mess with me.

    So I vote voodoo doll.

    The mundane explanation for the shoulder was way too anti-climatic… turns out, my mattress was too soft. We have a sleep number bed, and once I turned it up to a firmer setting, the shoulder pain just went away. Weird, huh? The lower back pain is a degenerative disc, nuthin’ cures that.

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  19. It was either Sigmund Freud or my Great Aunt Agatha who said, “Sometimes a pain is just a pain.” Aleve and Bengay are my go-to remedies for my mystery aches and pains until morphine is available over the counter.

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  20. The older I get the more mystery pains I have. Your theories are all possibles but definitely try ramming your back into the wall. That sounds like a great idea. You could also try maybe hitting your leg really hard, they (and by they I mean those people) say that one pain will lessen the intensity of another. Or try that pressure pointology stuff, like if it’s your back that’s hurt then massage your third toe on your left foot kind of thingy.

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  21. I am so sorry that your back is hurting. It’s a really sucky injury. Not like a foot injury for example. But can I just say, I have had uni assignments due, I start prac teaching tomorrow, I am being forced to move house and I am single parenting 3 kids while negotiating a new relationship. I am starting to forget what sleep feels like, and a little part of me is hugely and insanely jealous of your sleep.

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  22. I get mystery pain all the time. I usually assume I injured myself without realizing it. Very rarely do I assume that ninjas or gnomes were involved.

    Often, I blame the Swiss.

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  23. I think you’re most probably sleep ninja-ing. Had Dave gotten any unexplained bruises lately? That would confirm the theory 😉
    As for mystery pain, I get it all the time. My knees start hurting every now and again for no reason (they do say that everything goes downhill after 25 so it might just be old age). I also get chest pains every now and again. I have gotten this checked out but the doc can’t find anything wrong.,,

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  24. I am going to be very dull and say – nerve root pain. The bowing head thing sounds like it. I had this recently from sitting far too long at the computer over the course of 3 days’ frantic typing of assignments. DrHusband told me once you’ve bruised/irritated nerves it can take 2-3 weeks to settle. Mine went in just under 3 with lots of screen breaks and gentle yoga; sciatic stretches helped most. X

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