Friday, December 17, 2010
I have gotten through the week without any pain meds or muscle relaxers so far. Each day I drive into work the leg pain increases. Today I carried a few trays of veggies and fruit for the office Christmas party from my car into the office, and then took a couple of the empty (but heavy) trays back home tonight. I don't know if I am just having trouble tonight because it is cumulative pain, or the weight of the tray (which might have been between five and ten pounds heavy) was enough extra to push me over the edge.
Last night I spent the night tossing and turning with my legs cramping and pulling. I had nightmares about trying to climb stairs or deciding to take an elevator, and then sitting in a doctor's waiting room swinging my legs while I sit in office chairs too high off the floor for me.
I have jiggling, cramping, burning, tinging, numb, and malfunctioning legs tonight. As the pain increases my nausea has been increasing also. The bottoms of my feet and the arches are cramping and on fire. I feel like hot needles about six inches long are being stuck in my heels.
It's now almost 1 AM and I have been trying to outlast this since about 9:30 PM. I think I am going to have to break into my medication. I have had only a few hours sleep since Saturday because of the pain. My PCP says not sleeping makes the pain worse, so I am sure that is a contributing factor.
My knees for some reason are burning and itching too, they actually feel hot to the touch, as do the palms of my hands. Sometimes I feel this way before I start getting hives or angioedema. But I have been a good girl all day, and have not eaten any mammalian meats even though I was sorely tempted by something called "Settler's Beans" a gentleman at work brings every year. It has ground beef and bacon in it so I resisted, but it was very hard to do.
I can feel hives popping out on my face so I guess I must be having an allergic reaction or mast cell degranulation. Sometimes if I let pain get out of control I will just start hiving all over. I think my body just doesn't like pain very much. I think it just needs to get used to the new "normal" and move on!!! No more drama!!! According to what I have read about mast cell activation disorders trauma can start mast cell degranulation. Just what I don't need tonight.
On the plus side I finished a programming task for a client today even with my brain full of cobwebs. I felt like I actually accomplished something! Just trying to make it until tomorrow.
I'm not feeling too well right now, as my face is starting to swell up a bit. Maybe that is why I am having nausea and stomach pain. Going to medicate with antihistamines as I am feeling more than a little light headed. Just what I don't need right now. Hrmph!