Neck pain was the first sign something was amiss.
“I would describe it as when you sleep wrong on a pillow,” says Kelly-Joe Dennis-Davis, a 30-year-old native of Jamaica who now lives in Myrtle Beach.
But unlike the stiff neck from sleeping strangely, this pain didn’t go away and instead got worse. Dennis-Davis quit using a pillow. She slept flat on her back. Nothing worked.
“I just learned to live with the pain,” says Dennis-Davis, whose symptoms began while she was a student attending University of the West Indies.
As the years went on, the pain in Dennis-Davis’s neck evolved into frequent and intense symptoms: headaches, dizziness, tingling and numbness in her extremities.
Some days, the symptoms were so bad she had to miss work – sometimes for several days at a time.