Posted 10/9/2020 1:08 PM (GMT -7)
about the pinched nerve you say, "I know I have a pinched nerve in my neck I’m working on getting fixed."
That's very good. You're taking care of yourself.
From having a bad back and learning things from the chiropractor, he told me that a heating pad, alternating on the injured area for 15 minutes, some time in between with neither heat or ice applied (30 minutes?), then ice pack on the injured area.
I used moist heat, which I find seems to go deeper into the injured area. Wet a small towel or the insert which comes with the pad, and wring it out. Then put the moist pad between the heating pad and the injured area.
The heat increases the blood vessels, which bring more oxygen and nutrients to the injured area.
The ice pack reduces the inflammation. It works very well on my back. (I also use both on my ears, because I have sensitive ears to noise. But both help calm my ears down.)
The name of the ice pack, is the gel pack. For instance, when I used to use ice cubes in a container, they were rock hard, but that's all there was back then. This gel, it might look like soup at the store in its warm state, when frozen will better bend around the injured area, and apply more coldness to the skin.
Sometimes I only put it on the injured area, like my lower back, for 30 seconds because it's so cold, then move it to another area of my back. It really helps reduce the inflammation and the pain.
As far as the anxiety, are your seeing a psychiatrist? If you're taking Xanax, that's only a short- term tranquilizer. Is that from a general practitioner? I think a long term anti-anxiety would be better. Can you see a psychiatrist?
As far as the concern, you said, "I know I don't" which is a big help.
So, it's a big help, also, that you don't have the problem. Maybe that's how your stress is coming out. If you could relieve the stress, maybe you wouldn't have that.
As for sleep, I take Melatonin from the health food store. The grocery or drug store health food section might have that. Or it can be ordered over the net. Or, the grocery stores that deliver might can deliver it to your house. They deliver every thing else.
As for the Melatonin, I would get it in the 1 mg tablets, that way you can get the right dosage. I take 4, 1 mg, 1 to 2 hours before bedtime, which gives them time to take effect. You'll know when they start to take effect, you'll start getting sleepy.
I then take 1 more right before I go to bed, to space them. If I wake up at 5 in the a.m. and I'm not sleepy, but have had only 4 or 5 hours of sleep, I can take another one, if I don't have to get up early.
If I'm not taking psych medicine, Melatonin doesn't work. But as a bipolar, I take Mirtazapine anti-depressant and Lithium as a stabilizer, with the stabilizer keeping the anti-depressant from sending me into mania.