Jo, sorry you have a pinched nerve..that is no fun at all!.... and quite wearing!
I spent a year in bed with a pinched nerve and ended up having surgery it helped but it was about another 6-months to a year of BORING!!! ...I'll share with you a few things that helped with me:)
Having a Schedule. If I had a schedule it really helped me get excited for certain things. I picked up the schedule after coming home from the hospital. Just kept it going. Being bed ridden you can still have a schedule! Just doing the simple things like making a bed or getting dress can be on your schedule. I read a book once about a paralized lady who woke up and sang her favorite songs..ALOUD! just to keep sane and mix it up!
For me 3o'clock in the afternoon I'd do something I really wanted to do...like read a new magazine, or listen to books on tape...Or have a visitor. I would even plan a call to a friend for a cup of coffee ...and chat. It helped me look forward to it by putting it off. They are little mind games you have to play with yourself to get through. When the pain gets really bad...surfing the internet or t.v.helps alot. keeps your mind stimulated. SUDUKO game really helped me too. I would time myself and try to break my record.
We all are pullin for you. It is tough and the little things really help you get through.
Take Care and let us know of your progress.
Crohns, Diabetes type 2, Fibro, (Depression and Anxiety..who wouldn't?) Back surgery on herniated L-4 L-5 and S-1. Total of 13 surgerys!
Imran 200 mlg, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Amitriptlyne, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!