Still in pain!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Wish this wasn't the case, but I'm still in a severe amount of pain whenever I stand up. It seems to have moved now, though, focusing itself on my left-hand side, which leaves me slightly worried.

The first time something like this happened was in 2004, a couple of weeks before I was due to leave for college. I woke up in the middle of the night needing to use the bathroom, and I literally couldn't even sit up in bed. Every time I attempted to, there was a searing pain in my left-hand side, on my back, right at my hipbone (or where I think my hipbone would be if I could feel it through the layers of fat), and I ended up hobbling, bent over, to the bathroom while my parents called an ambulance for me.

By the time the ambulance arrived, I could stand up enough to get downstairs, but then as soon as I was in the hospital, I couldn't stand up to get out of the wheelchair they'd provided. They took X-Rays and poked and prodded, and gave me painkillers, and they still couldn't figure out what was wrong with me.

At that time, I weighed 357lbs.

The second time it happened was after I'd left college and moved back to Ireland and had gotten a job. I lived up near Dublin on my own, in a top-floor flat with no phoneline and no internet line.

So when I woke up, again in the middle of the night needing to use the bathroom and found myself unable to stand up, I had to crawl to the bathroom, do my business, and get back into bed, sleep until morning and call my boss to tell him I couldn't make it into work and could I please have a few days off, and then had to call my father to drive from the Midlands up to Dublin, to come up to my flat to help me down the stairs so that I could go back to my parents' house and my bedroom in their house so that I wouldn't be alone in case I needed to go to the hospital again.

I didn't need to go to hospital. Bed rest and painkillers and liberal applications of Deep Heat helped.

But nobody's ever been able to tell me what, exactly, is causing this.

Now, whenever I know there's something wrong with me, as in the case of my bipolar disorder, I tend to head to Doctor Google and do some research. Especially where medication's involved. The only thing I can really find - and what I'm sure one or two of you have mentioned - is SCIATICA ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sc

The symptoms - the severe pain, and the fact that my hip has a bad tendency to go numb if I'm upright for too long, the fact that almost every time, it's generalised in my left-hand side and not all-over - tend towards this, and I'm really hoping that this isn't the case. I mean, if it was the diagnosis, at least there'd BE a diagnosis, and therefore some help. But I'm not sure if it'd be better to have sciatica or have it be something else, but my doctor in Ireland had said "nipped nerve" but didn't go into any greater detail than that, and even at that, he was just guessing.

So I'm hoping that when I go to my doctor tomorrow, when I tell him my symptoms and throw out the word "sciatica", that he will listen, and hopefully I can get something done about this.

See, I was enjoying the fact that I could do that thirty minute walk through town without getting winded or my hip going numb or my back hurting. Last Friday, I barely made it into the mall before I had to sit down and pretend to send somebody a text message. I couldn't walk around Asda when I was done with that because it hurt too much to stand up straight.

Whatever this is, I just want it treated. I want to be able to stand up and walk and do my exercises again, because it's amazing how much I was actually ENJOYING my little aerobics sessions, and I want to get back to that.

And to everybody who has commented with their support so far: thank you, so much. It means an awful lot that y'all are thinking good, get-better thoughts in my direction. Thank you. :)

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    Hope it gets sorted soon.
    3327 days ago
    Greetings my fren; When I was much younger my grandmother use to give me a spoon of milk of magnesium and it would help sort symptoms such as yours... google magnesium tissue salts - it is a food especially for your tissue and cells. Sometimes the body is screaming out for minerals becos of the lack of it in our earth! The other thing is get yourself massaged and or do stretches to help that area. It sounds like the muscles have shortened so much they may need lengthening. emoticon
    3328 days ago
  • DIANE2868
    emoticon I hope you can feel better soon, hang in there, and demand tests from the doctor. I have nerve problems in my left leg from the weight of my stomach, and its hell. I can't imagine the torture you must be dealing with. Demand a full Body Scan, a Cat Scan or MRI until you get to the bottom of it. I had all that done, mind you I live in Canada so it is all free, I am not sure how it is where you are, take care. emoticon
    3328 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the pain worsening. =/ If it is sciatica, at least you'll find treatment for it from your doctor. Hopefully it isn't and it's something else that can be more easily treated. Good luck. =)
    3328 days ago
    It does sound like your sciatic nerve to me as well. I have had similar problems ever since I was pregnant with my daughter in 2004. When I was pregnant with my son in 2008 I could hardly turn over in bed let alone get up. I sincerely hope your doc gives you something for the pain at least.

    Get well soon. Lots of love and xxx,
    Elen from Greece
    3328 days ago
    This happens to me every once and awhile, although yours sounds more severe. Dr told me my weight is pichining nerves in my back.And it can cause severe pain. Chiropractor and physical therapy was all he caould prescribe.
    3328 days ago
    I am sending LOTS of positive vibes your way hoping for speedy treatment and recovery! It sounds like you might have some idea what is going on so I hope they can zone in and address it quickly. If not, see if you can find a chiropractor - mine helped me immensely! Best wishes to you!!!!
    3328 days ago
    Years ago when I was 25 years old and weighed over 300 pounds, I had a similiar problem. It would come on me suddenly, I could not stand up and walk. The pain was SEVERE. I crawled to the bathroom. I was diagnosed with severe muscle spasms. It took several days on muscle relievers and pain pills to be able to get up and move around normally. I still have this problem at 60 years old, and it can come on in the blink of an eye and rapidly I cannot get out of bed without the medications. It is an awful feeling to not even be able to get to the bathroom. I do not have the numbness in my hip. And, I am not trying to diagnose your problem. Just thought I would share my experience because your discription was so much like what happens to me. Hugs, Nancy
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    3328 days ago
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