Since 4-5 months ago, I've this neck problem...It hurts whenever I turn my head to the right or left. I have difficulties whenever I have to reverse the car. I told my golf buddies about this and, as expected, the reason given was 'silap bantal'. Pity the pillow for being the root cause of my problem! Well, I make them happy since they don't have to contribute 50 cents for my RM1.50-ice Nescafe at our favourite haunt - D'Kembung. Before this, being a good golfer, they had to subsidise my drink...He...He....He.
Anyway, now let's be serious. I asked my physician-brother at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh, during the recent Hari Raya Aidilfitri of the likely cause of this 'discomfort'. 'Bang....that's the symptom of degeneration of the bones- cervical spondylosis. A process of ageing'. My understanding is that the bones are 'thinning' out due to wear and tear. In simple Malay ...tulang dah haus. He asked me to have my neck x-rayed. But of course, I didn't take much heed of his advice till last Thursday. On that day, while typing at the computer, the palm of my left arm became numb. It lasted for a few hours. The first thing that came to my mind was....Am I experiencing heart problem? Through reading and tales from friends, numb=heart attack. However, I didn't experience excruciating pain on the left side of the chest and there was no sweating at all. So, my deduction was that I'm not having heart attack. I told my wife that I'd go to RSAT the next day.
Friday 14 Oct....Drove to RSAT. Before that, I made another call to my brother and told him of the situation. Again, he asked to x-ray the neck. When I explained to the doctor, he directed me to have my ECG taken. It's in the SOP (I presume) that numbness is associated with heart problem. So, here I was all wired up.....
ECG reports indicated my heart is normal for a 62 years veteran....so far so good. The next step was to x-ray the neck. The result confirmed my brother's suspicion...degeneration of C3 through C7! Remedy? None and I've to live with it throughout my entire life. Medication? None except that he gave me vitamins, calcium tablets and a cream to relief the joint and muscular pains. Massage? OK but only lightly and No...No...No the twisting of the head as practised by the Indian barbers. (You can try at the barber shop next door the 'Yat San Restaurant', Taiping. You can hear the 'krup....krup' sound). Anyway, no matter what....Syukur Alhamdulliah.
Frankly, I never like to take supplements like calcium or whatever. Maybe I should take 'Anlene'...who knows I may be picked as a co-actor of Datuk Michele Yeoh doing all those stunts. And, I've to find a new technique in my golf swing. I won't let my golf buddies have the pleasure of enjoying their drinks at my expense. He...He...He.
Readers...Joke aside, take care of your health. You may have an 'everest of wealth', but if you're not in the best of health....what a waste! On the positive side, let others enjoy your toils.
PS: Maaf le kali ini tulis 'london' sikit disebabkan dah nak berkarat bahasa tersebut dek lama dah tak cakap/tulis dalam bahasa tu. He...He....He.