26 October 2014

Pain: 7Waiting for pain medication to kick in. Cold, wet, stormy weather here has led to a hell of a lot of joint pain. The dull thudding pain in my back seems to be managed fairly well – by the spinal shot, and medication, but the sharper, stabbier pains associated with joint pain? Takes a while for that to fade out. Maybe a few more hours will do it. Toes, fingers/wrists and hips seem to be the worst at the moment. Right side is still sore as hell.

19 October 2014

Pain: 3Pain medication kicked in, so I’m not doing too badly. There are certain spots where it will flare up – upper back if I’m upright too long, ankle (right) and both hips if I move, wrist if I write/knit too much. But basically, doing okay (after medication – it would be an 8 or 9 without it).

I’ve been dealing with a bit of a sniffle/run down cold type feeling. Nothing excessive, but it makes me feel a little run down.

Also, later in the day I have been getting a bit of a migraine. Not a horrible crippling one, but I can feel it. Pain medication keeps it pushed back.

Lastly, that stupid right abdom. is still carrying on cranky. Sharp pains, squeezy, sharp finger pokey pains. Diarrhea. Yellow, if we are going to be specific. TMI, I know.

Still doing okay for pain, and no tylenol/ibuprofen/gravol. About 2.5 gm

13 October 2014

Pain: 4Been a while since I’ve posted here. Needed time to straighten out a medication issue.

I’ve recently had a spinal injection, and enough time has gone by that the initial ache at the site has passed. The surgeon used a different steroid this time, and a lot more of it, so I’ve had a more positive reaction this time. Weird knife-blade-along-the-bottom-rib pain/nervy thing has eased off as the extra fluid there is absorbed in.

Still healing from the fall I took on 14 September, with my right ankle and wrist aching.

All other pain is fuzzy and shoved into the background right now and, in a few more hours – once I’ve done everything I need to do – will be gone entirely, and that should last throughout the day.

medication:

300mg plaquenil

150 mg efexor

1.5 – 2.5 gm CBD

herbal detox

OTC sleeping pill

No more tylenol, ibuprofen, gravol, etc – yay!

29 July 2014

Pain: 2Yes, 2. At least, as long as I’m careful not to push it, I can manage to keep the pain to a minimum. Also, I’ve managed to ditch the tylenol, ibuprofen and gravol. Hoping to ditch the sleeping pills next. Can’t talk about it much right now but it’s nice to finally have something for this.

On the 21st, I had an appt with the spine guy, where I received a temporary back shot to help deal with the back pain. Then, on the 23rd, I had an appt with the pain clinic which was also (somewhat) helpful. It was there that I received an RX for cesamet, which was well-intentioned but unhelpful. Cesamet is a synthetic THC usually used for severe nausea and it';s true that I did not get nauseous, but it didn’t help with pain and, in fact, left me with a headache sort of hangover. Plus, it lasted only about 2 hours, as opposed to the 5 or 6 I’m experiencing now. So, that is a no.

Managed to get back to two walks a day. It’s not entirely pain free but the pain is a hell of a lot less. I still have to make sure that I don’t overdue it as I can still hurt myself but it;s nice to get out for those walks, I’ve missed them.

Chest rash is still present, and the rash looked to be starting up on my forearms but it’s eased back for now.

22 July 2014

Pain: 5Yesterday, I had a bit of an emergency meeting with the spine doc (not the surgeon, just the spine specialist) due to my latest spinal injection not really taking. I had an emergency shot of something or other in my back so I feel quite a bit better. At lest the peripheral pain is greatly lessened. I hope to cut that pain number in half today, after a walk. I see the pain clinic on Wednesday, so we’ll take it from there.

Sternum rash has been especially bothersome – I’m hoping that drops off soon.

9 July 2014

Pain: 7.5Been a while since I’ve checked in here, mostly because it’s been rough. My back shot doesn’t seem to have taken as well this time, so I’ve got quite a bit of back pain and of course all the peripheral pain that goes along with that. Of those, the migraines have been the worst. Summer is finally here, however, so there has been some relief. Also, I’ve added additional medication (which I can’t mention here yet) which has worked wonders on all symptoms – back, hips, joints, head, referred pain, so that most days I can take that pain level down as far as I want it to go. I can even be completely pain free but it does tend to make me dumb, so I try to just take it down a notch.

The one pain that has been getting worse has been my right side upper abdominal pain – the lower liver/pancreas/hepatic flexure thingie. That has been fairly brutal. I had hoped that going gluten free would clear that up. Magical thinking, perhaps, or just hopefulness. Feeling a lot of concern. I’ll be seeing doctors on the 21st and the 23rd, so hopefully I’ll have more steps then.