Sigh. In 2009, I herniated a disk in my lumbar spine. In 2013, I now have herniated a disk in my thoracic spine. Last week, my mid back felt a little sore, like I tweaked a muscle. I took some ibuprofen and that was about it. It seemed to get better and then yesterday (Thursday) morning, it felt like I tweaked it again. I went upstairs and rode the bike trainer and as I was riding, I noticed my back was hurting more. Then for the rest of the day it got steadily worse with spasms and grabbing pain. You know that sudden grab that locks up your core and makes you gasp? That kind of pain. And if you have never experienced that – I hope you never do. It’s awful.
I took some Aleve and a muscle relaxer last night. Boy howdy did the relaxer knock me out. Totally knocked me out. We started to watch the football game last night and I don’t think I made it through 2 possessions and I was falling asleep. Went up to bed and slept for 9.5 hours. Can you believe that?
I started out okay in the morning, but then the grabbing spasms started happening again. I couldn’t even lift up a gallon of milk without triggering them. I was pretty miserable and it just kept getting worse. I was trying to take a shower and kept saying “ow” among other things. I was almost in tears, too. John must have heard me because he came up to ask me if I was okay. I am glad he came in because I had trouble getting out of the shower and then the pain got so bad I was lightheaded and felt like I was going to pass out. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I was very pale. Kind of scary.
John called the doctor and got me an appointment to go in. I am so glad they had an opening because I didn’t want to go to the urgent care. I have a herniated disk at T11/12 this time.
So, conservative treatment now of pain meds, antiinflammatories, muscle relaxers, gentle exercise and stretching to start. I have a script for PT, which I will fill (or not since it isn’t covered by my insurance) if I don’t start feeling better in a week.
I have my Norco now and as of the writing of this entry, the pain is down to a dull roar and the grabbing spasms are rare. That is enough for me right now so that I don’t have to be paranoid about every move I make. The Norco is making me a little lightheaded and kind of groggy, but reducing the pain is such a f***ing relief that I will put up with that.
As I said on Facebook, I am just thankful this wasn’t lower down and giving me the sciatic pain on top of this pain. Need to be thankful for the small things. I will need to be chauffeured around this weekend since I will be doped up. Good excuse to get extra pampering, right?