This weekend was a bit rough for me, but it wasn't all bad. On friday night, I performed a show with the rock band I'm in (guitarist) and it felt great to go up on stage and actually play your own material. I think covers are a lot of fun, but nothing beats playing guitar lines you actually came up with :)
Saturday and Saturday night were both quite painful. During our band's performance, I try to keep the energy flowing so I move around a lot. Its not like I was jumping off 3 foot ledges or anything, but its possible I might have leaned backwards a few to many times (the bulging disc is aligned with a nerve so that if I lean back too much, the hardened gel touches the nerve (atleast this is what my doc told me) and can inflame it more.
Sunday Morning at work, my pain was pretty bad, so though I rare use the max allowed dose of my medication, I decided to Sunday. I started feeeling very strange and out of it, and my speech slowed down, reaction time slowed, feeling of being watched, and mild breathing issues. Well after drinking some coconut water I started feeling better, so I thought it would be a good idea to have an energy drink that was vitamin loaded and fruit based with caffine added to fight out the sedation/fatigue. Well I didn't read the label carefully because it contained grapefruit. I went from feeling better to feeling awful (as I struggled to remain awake and each time I closed my eyes, I almost immediately started having closed eye hallucinations). Thankfully after about an hour and a half, this passed.
Today has been a mixed day. I've been very busy at work so even though my pain is there, I just really haven't been focused on it as much. However, the pain is usually more centered in my back and buttocks, and today its running down the back of my leg with the worst of it between the knee and butt.
However, this week I have off all except for 1 12 hour shift on thursday night, so I'll have some needed off time coming :)
MRI revealed a bulging disc w/gel lost at L5 and showed the bulge touching nerves, causing sciatica. Diagnosed w/ Arthritis which is responsible for joint inflamation pain. Treatment: Nucynta 50-150 mgs every 6 hours (schedule II narcotic, Mu Opoid agonist and NE reuptake inhibitor), Celebrex 100 mgs, Klonopin .5, Epidurals, Radio Freq nuerotomy (sept 8th, 2010)