Since Grade six, I’ve gotten the occasional severe neck cramps. Debilitating might be a better word for them. I’d be walking along, and then get a lightning bolt shoot right up one side of my neck into the back of my skull. That neck muscle would contract, and burn like it was on fire. They were painful enough to stop me in my tracks, and at least once or twice, knock me to my knees. It was a very painful and scary experience – one that I dreaded.
I attributed them to a reaction to stress. I didn’t use those exact words in my head, but I do remember feeling like that was an accurate description.
The neck cramps seemed to subside as I got older, and got into my teen years, and by about 20, they might have mostly disappeared. As I grew up, I don’t think I ever told my parents or many friends about them (although one or two friends may have seen me have one).
They continued to happen a few times every year. At the age of 53, they still happen to me today. I forgot about my “stress” rationale, and in fact, as my life became happier, my neck cramps all but subsided.
But I recently read that poor diet and some aspects of malnutrition, like low potassium levels, can lead to neck and leg cramps.
I still believe that stress played a major factor, but could eating a Banana a day have kept the neck cramps at bay?