17 October, 2006

Agony and Exhaustion

I've got this thing going on with my back. It's some kind of muscle strain back around my left shoulder blade. It's been there for almost a week. And it's not getting any better. It doesn't hurt all the time - just when I move my left arm, turn my head, or think too hard. Yesterday I took Scott's last two Doans and thought they worked so well I went and bought another box. I've taken them twice since then, and other than making me nauseus this morning (oops... empty stomach... bad call) they have had no noticeable effect.

We bought new pillows last Wednesday, thinking that the marshmallow that wasn't supporting my head was the culprit. I haven't noticed a difference in that either.

Scott tried to get me to stretch my muscles yesterday, contorting my arms like a freaking yoga instructor. It has hurt much more since then. (I'm not blaming Scott - he knows what works for his pain and thought that would work on my pain)

I've also tried the heating pad (with and without moisture), heat patches, menthol patches, asprin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, and this morning in a desperate moment of agony, a hot bath. The bath would have been great if the pain in my back was lower. But in order to get the sore spot into the water, I had to tilt my head so far forward that it just pulled my neck muscles. It was either that or lay with my head under water, which would have caused... umm... death.

As for exhaustion, well I haven't gotten a good night's sleep in the past week. Every time I roll over I have to completely wake up and use the momentum of my butt and legs to get the top half of me to roll. Falling asleep comfortably has been tough, and I haven't gotten to sleep before 1 am this week. Besides that, I woke up at 8:30 yesterday and went to work for a few hours, and then this morning -- my one shining chance to sleep past 9:00 -- the damn lawn crew started up the weed wacker right below our bedroom window.


1 comment:

Janette said...

Well if it's a muscle strain or sprain you're looking at a 2 to 4 week recovery period. The best thing you can do is to rest it as much as possible during that time and keep up the ibuprofen. And no more stretching until the pain is gone!