This week I’m having a tough time keeping going. Trying to stay alive. The pain flare-ups I’m having seem to be getting worse. I was in pain Sunday and part of the day Monday. Went in to my chiro, acupuncture and massage appointments and the chiro probably caused it all to flare up again as the pain was still going down that day, so back I went into another bad day of pain Tuesday that wouldn’t quite go away Wednesday. Finally feeling better, but pain is tough to deal with y’all.
The term ‘sciatica’ was mentioned to me three times by people I worked with on three different sets last week. I looked it up and it sounds an awful lot like what I’m dealing with, but somehow, none of my doctor’s have mentioned this to me before. Two different neurologists don’t think the cyst on my spine is the cause of the pain. My chiropractor and the last neurologist have both mentioned doing planks. I’m trying but having trouble with pain flaring up in my shoulder still from the car accident last year. (Also when I started fighting this lower back pain.) And I think planking was the cause of Sunday’s flare up of pain. Other than the fact that I tripped on set and landed on someone’s knee Friday night. That in itself didn’t cause the bad pain flare up. Just dull pain a couple of inches up from that. The area just below was probably slightly irritated from that, so when I went to do my plank the next day, I felt the pain at the base of my spine go from light pain to a pretty sharp pain in a matter of five seconds time. I should have stopped planking sooner, but instead I sat there assessing how my shoulder was feeling for a couple of seconds before the warning bell went off in my head that I needed to stop planking Now. Le sigh… Such is my life nowadays.
I find myself soaking in the tub a lot when the pain hits. My little heating pad broke and I need a new one. (I’ve been looking at these Sunbeam heating pads Amazon.) I’ve tried icing the area as well, but either way I’ll get a half hour to an hour of lesser pain that what I had before, and no relief from the pain shooting down my leg. At least if I soak in the tub, I can soak my leg and get relief from that pain as well.
I take an 800 mg ibuprofen prescribed by my doctor. It doesn’t even phase the pain until it starts slacking off again. I was taking muscle relaxants, but a friend wondered why I wasn’t taking cbd oil instead. So I’m trying that, and it helps with muscle spasms, but again, not the pain. It may relax me as well, but I’m not sure. I did almost fall asleep in the tub the other day when I woke up in pain at 4:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I may have just been worn out by the time I almost fell asleep in the tub, but after 45 minutes of soaking plus my ibuprofen and the cbd oil, my body finally felt relaxed enough to start dozing off again. I found myself wondering if I did fall asleep, would I wake up if my head dipped to far into the water. And if I didn’t, at least I wouldn’t be in pain anymore. Yep. That’s when I realized it was time to get out of the tub, my friends!
I have no wonderful words of wisdom for people going through pain, but a whole lot of empathy for you right now. All I can say is: Keep your head above the water. Keep doggy paddling. Or, get out of the water entirely, in my case, and if you’re able. If it makes you feel better, start singing the song Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees
Some days, that’s all you can do. And it’s enough.