Raking is a pain in the neck.  Literally.

How out of shape do you have to be to throw out your neck and shoulders after one day of raking leaves?  LOL

That is exactly what happened to me this week.  For the last four days I have had this crippling pain in my neck, shoulders and upper back.  I've taken over the counter pain pills, tried resting it, have been drinking plenty of water and have even been applying copious amounts of Icy Hot to the area and still I move like Frankenstein.

The reason I bring this up is not for pity, but because of the reaction I've been getting from coworkers.  Everyone I mention the pain to says,"I've also been having neck pain."

If there something to this?  Do people actually feel a bit of pain as a way to empathize with you?  Is my neck cramp contagious?

The answer is "No", my pain is not contagious, but there is some truth to empathy pain.  It's a condition called mirror-touch synesthesia and it's pretty fascinating.

READ MORE ON MIRROR-TOUCH SYNESTHESIA HERE

So, next time someone says they know how you feel, it's possible they actually do feel it through empathy to your situation.  Who knew?!