Ouch! Not Again!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 3:20 PM
 
It seems as though I am beginning to collect medical problems just as some people collect coins. The main difference is that for me, it is not a hobby, but rather an accident of one kind or another.
 
When I got up Saturday morning, and my CNA's were putting me into my wheelchair, they were in the process of positioning me in a good posture, when all of a sudden I felt a large stab of pain on the lower part of my back near my right kidney. I did not think too much about it right away, but as the day wore on, I began having intense pain in the lower right side of my back.
 
That continued throughout the day and night. It got so bad in the afternoon that I considered going to the ER at one of the hospitals. Whenever I get to that point, I know that there is something seriously wrong with me.
 
I had planned to go to a birthday party at my sister's that night. Although I thought this would be the perfect reason not to go there, I thought about it for quite a while and then decided that getting away from home might just take my mind off of my problems.
 
Although I did go to the birthday party, that intense pain went with me. I somehow managed to keep it a secret from my sister. I knew that if she found out, she would not only worry about it, but she would also keep nagging me until I went to see a doctor.
 
The pain continued throughout the whole weekend. Monday morning my nurse from the home healthcare agency came to visit me, just as she does every Monday. I told her what had happened, and said that I thought I had a pulled muscle or a kidney infection. She called my doctor's office right away,
 
Since I was going to see my physical therapist that morning, it was decided that I should ask her to give me some moist heat therapy to see if that would help with the pain. I followed the instructions, and I was given the therapy while lying on a traction table. The heat decreased my amount of pain within five minutes, but that relief was short-lived.
 
At the end of my therapy session, the pain came slamming back into my body the minute I got into a sitting position. It has been like that ever since. When I lay on my bed, the pain usually goes away within 5 to 10 minutes. When I get up into a sitting position, the pain comes back with a vengeance.
 
With all of that happening, I am now dealing with two different kinds of pain. The first is for the mid back pain, which is why I was getting physical therapy to begin with. The second is because of the pain that came about when getting into my wheelchair Saturday. All of the medical people involved are convinced that the two types of pain are different from one another.
 
I am scheduled to see my primary care physician next Thursday morning. Until then, I will have to tolerate the pain with the hope that taking my pain medication, getting some physical therapy twice a week, and laying on my bed for an hour each afternoon (two or three days a week) will somehow help me get back to normal. It is a good plan, but I do not have much faith in it. I think that at the very least, some x-rays need to be taken to try and see exactly what is happening in my body.
 
For the regular back pain I have been having for several months, I am now supposed to try tilting back in my wheelchair and stopping if I get to a point where there is very little, or no, pain. I have tried doing that, with some success, but that certainly puts a crimp in other things I want to do throughout the day. It is almost impossible to do that and use my desktop computer at the same time, so I am thinking about getting a laptop computer.
 
I realize that everybody has problems at one time or another in life, but I am beginning to feel that I have had more than my full share.

Replies

CoolGal
CoolGal

Hi Jim So sorry to hear you\'re in so much pain. Pain sure is no FUN So i will be thinking of you and praying that your pain takes a hike. On the bright side however if you enjoy your computer as much as I do mine. Then buying a NICE NEW laptop Should pick up your spirits a bit. Many BIG HUGS-Stephanie
deleted_user
deleted_user

Oh, you\'ve definitely had your full share. More than full.

So the severe pain has been almost a week? That is a bit long, I think.

I think a laptop is a great idea.
Booky63
Booky63

Hope you feel better soon.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I hope you aren\'t getting that long-term wheelchair kidney thing.

There is a thread about a gizmo over on the CFS boards that helps people use laptops in bed. When I find it, I\'ll post it here.

I hope things are getting resolved.

Hugs and Mojo
Weebs
deleted_user
deleted_user

Here it is:

http://www.laptop-laidback.com/index.php
deleted_user
deleted_user

Ouch. I hate back pain. I sure hope they fix the problem, or at least find a way to alleviate the pain. wow, we all need to be quicker to go to the doctor, Heck I waited 8 weeks before finding out I had mono.
deleted_user
deleted_user

So sorry to hear that you are having so much back pain. I do not know if you have ever tried accupuncture. But it helped to get rid of some of my back pain in the past.
deleted_user
deleted_user

It saddens me to hear of your pain issues.
I myself am suffering from pain problems.
Your health situations are much more paramount than mine, of course.
Still I can identify with your pain.
Pain does alter our daily life experiences to a major degree.
Please let us know what the doctor has to say.
I am worried about you.