Please excuse the venting, but I need to distract myself.
I usually work from home, but have to go in to my office a few times a week. Typically, I'll be there for just a few hours. But today, I had a lot to do and a late meeting. So I was there from about 9-6.
So, I got home, went straight to bed. After about 2 hours, I had a quick dinner and returned to bed, mostly channel surfing. And in addition to my standard array of pain (Neck, back, arm, hip, sciatica), my chest hurts (left side, around heart!). That's been going on for about a year happening once every few weeks -- and it is really annoying! I'm fairly confident that it is either referred pain from the scoliosis or mitral valve prolapse syndrome (which I have plus supraventricular tacycardia).
I can't take any pain meds in the evenings as they prevent me from sleeping. For example, if I were to take 15mg of hydrocodone or 7.5mg of oxycodone (my standard BT doses) at 5pm, I would not be able to fall asleep until 2am or so, and then, be more in a twilight state for most of the night. Even if I take an ativan, the opioids will still prevent me from falling asleep and staying asleep. The kicker is that even if I don't take any opioid and just take the ativan, I can't take more than a tiny dose (.25mg). If I take more, I'll end up sleeping for 10 hours and feel like crap for another 4. So, most nights, I endure the pain for the sake of being productive the next day.
But right now, it feels like a wrench compressing my heart while I have a burning spear shoved into my back. We're our own medieval torture chambers !
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs)
RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .5mg ativan as needed for sleep.