Posted 11/2/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -7)
Thank you, Rhonda. Sometimes I feel I could easily go paranoid, afraid that someone might read this and identify me and use it against me, lol (not really laughing, actually). Like you, I just hate taking pills. Prior to this injury I was only on blood pressure med, now it's like a little pharmacy. Lyrica makes me feel worse, so I stopped taking it, just makes me feel "weird", but the tylenol 3 isn't cutting it. My doc said he could prescribe Darvocet, but I hate to give in to stronger meds. My husband doesn't understand why; he sometimes says "You nurses are an odd bunch; some of you pop a pill at every little thing, and some of you - like you - have to be near death's door before taking one... why suffer when you don't have to?" Guess he's got a point, but then I think that pills may help with the pain, but what about my stomach, my liver, etc? I'm sure you know what I mean. So I try to reach some sort of balance"...
Turning in bed was such an easy thing, used to take me 2 seconds, now it's more like 2 minutes. Often I get up even if I still feel sleepy, but staying in bed is worse. Some say the supine position is best for your back, but not for me; if I lay flat, it hurts, if I use pillows and go to a 30 degree angle, it gets better for a while. Though I cannot say that I'm in excruciating pain 24/7, I do feel the pain and discomfort on a daily basis. Standing at the sink peeling potatoes, and within minutes the gnawing starts, so I walk. If I bend at the waist, it takes me forever to straighten up and I assume the "skier's position" and walk several steps like that. When I go to the grocery store, I lean over the cart (my doctor told that's the typical position of a person that has canal stenosis).
My health coverage will end in a matter of weeks; bills have been piling up, a few weeks ago the bank was threatening foreclosure. I hate to see my husband work 7 days a week because my income is gone... talk about feeling useless! I know we will not have an extra $800+ a month for the health insurance premiums... can't wait until his health coverage kicks in - hopefully in less than a month!
Well, better quit my ranting here. Thanks for listening, Rhonda; it helps.