I woke up yesterday with a very sore stiff neck. I figured I'd just slept funny so I took some ibuprofen and applied heat, thinking it'd pass by bedtime. Unfortunately it's much worse today, to the point where I can barely move my head from side to side (think <10 degrees from straight ahead). I went in to work, hoping to be able to do light duties (paperwork, obs etc) but after an hour or so I was really flushed and hot but apyrexial and my neck was hurting like crazy. I went down to casualty where the on-call doc had a quick look. He prescribed ibuprofen, soft collar and physio on top of a few days off work.
I'm in pain all the time and the brufen's doing bugger-all. Codeine/paracetamol don't help, and the dihydrocodeine I took last night gave me awful abdo pain so I daren't take it again. I'm alternating heat-packs with wearing the collar. This is really getting me down now, and it's not helping that I can't get sick pay since I've only been with the NHS for 4 mths.
Any other suggestions on how to ease this pain til I can get to the physios?