Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Pain in the Neck

Woke this morning with a pretty good crick in my neck, especially when I turn my head to the left though it's tight in both directions. I guess that I must have slept funny. It eventually loosened up some, but not all the way, then again I haven't had full flexibility in my neck since all of this started.

The baby woke us both up last night at 3:30 and it took a while to get back to sleep. Once I was awake, I was suddenly aware of the usual pain in the hip region, so I got up, took my pill, and sat up waiting for it to take effect. I think I got back to bed around 5:00 only to be woke up again around 7:00 this time with the usual amount of morning pain. As I sat in my recliner waiting for the meds to kick in, I dozed back off until 9:00 or so. That was the first time I've been able to doze off in that chair in a while. Anyway I got up, got to work and was fine until the meds started wearing off around noon.

Freshly medicated, I was feeling OK for my 2:30 appointment with the pain management specialist. It was fairly brief. I told him about how things had transpired since switching to Lyrica last Friday and how I've been largely pain free except after sitting at the desk for a couple of hours and that I still have to take the Vicodin although less frequently than before. He said that he thinks the Lyrica has me on the right path, but perhaps the dosage isn't quite enough since I do still get occasional pain and have to rely on the Vicodin to soothe it, so he gave me a new prescription for a slightly higher dosage of Lyrica. We'll see what change, if any, that makes.

I did manage to make it out to a local monthly meeting tonight for the first time in since December. Overall it went pretty well but I stayed out a little past my Vicodin expiration and was in a fair amount of pain by the time I got home. At that point, it was time to take all of the meds, so I did so and waited for them to do their thing. In the meantime, I did have a bowel movement which seemed to lessen the pain somewhat, but it still persisted for a while despite that relief and taking the Vicodin. I eventually managed to climb into bed, though I can't remember when.

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