New Neighbors, Pain Relief, and Trying to Get Motivated.

I haven’t posted lately because my meds have me knocked out. But, with new meds comes relief from the ever grinding, relentless pain. Remember when I posted about giving my pain a number? Well, I can honestly say that this makes it easier to pick a number. I am not in agonizing pain all day and my mood is improving dramatically because of it. I able to load the whole dishwasher, do some laundry (a light load), fold clothes, clean the bathroom, tidy the house a little… you know, feel useful and like I am doing something. I didn’t complete everything all in one round but hey, anything is better than sitting and playing online all day!

Now that I am on the right meds (Gabapentin, 800 mg of ibuprofen, and Methocarbomal) I can totally tell the nerve pain from the muscle spasm pain and arthritis pain. VERY different. Continue reading

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Relief! Sweet Relief!

I went to the doctor yesterday because my back was KILLING me. He checked me over, said he is sure I am having a disc issue in my upper back. Oh goody. My upper back is going to be just as bad as my lower back. Yea. He ordered X-rays since my insurance won’t pay for an MRI (which is what I need) unless I get X-rays first. He also told me that he hurt his neck last year and ended up having surgery. He knows what I am going through.

He told me they usually treat this with Prednisone (a no-no for me) and some other meds. I totally wasn’t fully listening at this point. He said surgery and my brain shut off. But he started me on Gabapentin, Robaxin, and 800 mg of ibuprofen. Then I went to get my X-rays and go home.

I decided to try the Robaxin first and give it a whirl for a couple of days then try out the Gabapentin if all went well. I know better than to try two new medications at the same time. Robaxin seemed like it would be promising and so that was the one I chose. I know I respond well to muscle relaxers.

Here is how it went.

I opened the bottle and gawked at the size of the pill. It is huge! Not as huge as the ibuprofen, but not small at all. I crushed both of them with my pill crusher, dumped them on the spoon, added a bit of coffee and choked them down. NASTY taste! Worst medicine to have to crush and swallow! Ew!

Then I sat and chilled waiting for it to kick in. I ended up feeling a weird warming sensation and the feeling of just turning into Jell-O. The whole idea that I was finally at a point where I could smile because the pain didn’t put me in tears was quite nice. I ended up laying down after I ate something and loaded the dishwasher. I could still feel the pain, but I wasn’t completely chair bound and crying from it. I laid on the hide-a-bed and had planned to just chill for a bit. Hours later, I woke up still on the hide-a-bed, still in the same position, and drooling all over the pillow.

I slept so well I didn’t want to move when I woke up. Parts of me were numb and I couldn’t really feel my abdomen. My legs felt like someone had poured them onto the bed. I was awake but it took a few minutes to fully wake up. I was able to move without doing Lamaze breathing. I managed to get up and move about. I think I was just so exhausted from poor sleep with so much pain that I slept like I was in a coma. It was a nice change. I felt rested (once I got moving) and I wasn’t in agony.

So far, no problems for me. I have a weird feeling of warmness throughout my body, but I’ll take that to sharp, shooting pains.

If all goes well, I will try the Gabapentin on Thursday.

The Good and The Bad

I no longer have to worry about electricity for a while. That’s a relief. It’s paid for the next five or six months which is a huge sigh of relief for me.

I am exhausted today. Must be another painful week coming up. I actually found a great idea that I want to try too. It’s posting positive things about your day and doing an art project… It’s by another WordPress blogger and you can see the post that inspired me by clicking here. It made me think a lot. Somewhere through my tears and life’s frustrations, it gets difficult to stay positive.

So I am creating my own project! Here it is!

Each week, at the start of the week (Sunday, for me) I am going to set one goal a day. Something big, something small, whatever… And each day I am going to post something that happened that is positive. It’ll probably be an aside note. I’ll start posting quotes I like too 🙂

Since I can’t spend a ton of time on art, I plan on making one art project a week and posting it sometime during the week. I’ll try to pick a day to do this but, with trying to get so much done, I don’t know what day will be good for that. Give me a few weeks to figure that out.

The bad is, I am hurting and exhausted from this week and I have a mountain of laundry to finish. But I will get it done. I am going to do a couple of loads a day and try to get it all caught up and then try not to get behind again. One an up note… I am almost caught up on dishes and I have a list of things to post for sale on the local Facebook page, so hopefully I can get my phone bill caught up. I am crossing my fingers!

Off to go work on my quit smoking journal now. I am exploring my reality today.