Pain – The Final Frontier!

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AAAGGGGHHHHH!!

So you know my dog Little Monkey pulled me off my feet many weeks ago?

Well, I was doing reasonably OK till I tried weeding some of my rose beds. After only half an hour my shoulder was screaming at me.

And then LM wrenched my right arm again when a 5 month old labrador puppy came charging down the road running straight at us; no lead, no owner!

Note to self: In future, hold LM’s lead in my left hand on dog walks!!

Since then my right shoulder had been killing me. The pain was constant and there was no position to put my arm in that relieved it. The pain radiated down my arm towards my wrist in an excruciating ache. It kept me awake night after night. Rotator Cuff Injury.

Finally, gradually, the pain lessened and I regained mobility of my shoulder.

Then I did my right wrist in! I thought at the time I must have slept on it awkwardly (or practised kung fu in my sleep as Little Monkey suggested!) In retrospect, I think it was again Repetitive Strain Injury; from tearing up old papers during our 10 hours of power cuts.

That had only just recovered when I hurt my right upper arm. This time I impaled myself on a shelf in a shop, while looking at handbags. I got a large purple bruise and swelling at the time, but a day or two later I could barely move my arm without extreme pain. Again, many sleepless nights in agony. This is only just starting to go away.

in the early stages of an injury I use RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) and after a day or two, a hot water bottle. I am becoming extremely adept at doing things one handed, left handed, but it is still difficult to perform even the most basic of tasks, such as getting dressed, brushing your hair or making a cup of coffee.

Like most people I have things wrong with me most of the time. I have gammy feet (orthotics), recurrent back problems (slipped disc) and my knees are particularly unreliable (chondromalacia patella) giving me Balloon Knee out of the blue at my daughter’s wedding in June. And what wedding guests may have mistaken as an expression of the solemnity of the occasion on my face, was actually extreme pain in one knee and trying to stand with all my weight on the other, weaker knee!

I have the greatest empathy for those with unrelieved chronic pain. I follow quite a few blogs written by people in chronic pain; I don’t know how they manage. My Dad was a chronic pain sufferer, with 2 slipped discs and constant back pain, but still a very charismatic and cheerful person.

I am pretty stoic when it comes to pain, but when you add something new it is exhausting.

What about pain killers?

What about them? Great if they work for you!

However, OTC pain meds do very little. I take something strong and wait 90 mins, when it might take the edge off the pain for maybe 30 mins and that’s it.

So what do I do?

Wait till 5 pm then –

Thank goodness for vodka!!!

 

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46 thoughts on “Pain – The Final Frontier!

  1. faburlifekhloe

    Oh no! I feel so sorry to hear this! 😦 Wish you a speedy recovery and all your dogs be extra good to you! 😉 haha although the vodka might not help you much with the pain, at least relaxes you a bit 😛

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  2. Ady

    My mom often has migraine , it pains me to see her in pain for days and no medicine works 😦 I know nothing but maybe hot-oil massage therapy might help you … I am so worried, the pain has been there for weeks now …..

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I’m so sorry for your Mum. Migraine is one of the worst pains, as it usually has awful nausea too. (I only get about one a year.)
      As for my arm – it was one injury after another – and my own fault mostly. It is much better now, thank you 🙂 I must learn I am not invincible! 😀

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  3. mistermuse

    I’m not the most computer-savvy person in the world, but I know that sometimes the only solution is to reboot and start over again. If your hubby gave you a swift boot in the you-know-where, that may be all you need. It wouldn’t hurt (much) to give it a try. 🙂

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  4. dobetteralways

    Chronic pain sucks, I know having suffered dual separated kneecaps and rotator cuff injuries plus hubby has chronic neck pain. Otcs don’t work really and I don’t want to take opioid pain pills so I use chiropractic, stretching, massage and certain therapeutic oils to treat my pain which allows me to function alright most of the time. Hubby doesn’t do anything and is cranky most days because everything hurts. I wish they would invent a machine that could go in and reset our bodies to factory default settings so the torn muscle/cartilage and pinched nerves and blood vessels could heal up and not continue to torment us. Do you ever rub tea tree/peppermint oil into your shoulder to reduce inflammation?

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I agree on the Reset to Factory Settings idea! 😀
      Sorry to hear of your and your husband’s pains – like you say, it sucks!
      I tend to just use ice or heat, and careful exercises to regain mobility, but basically just wait till the inflammation goes down.

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  5. ulli

    Pain – I always want to know how Grandparents could do the work they did. Honestly, I don’t know many people without pain. Even children have sick headache.
    Tell me your job and I tell you your medical problems: legs, spine, stress, headache, …. 😦
    To live with pain means to ignore as often as possible. And the best medicine are dogs 🙂 – you have to move! Moving is the killer of a lot of pain.
    Wish you a nice weekend free of pain, Scifi.
    Greetings,
    Ulli

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  6. quiall

    Reading the comments has been as much fun as reading the post! Sorry about the pain though. Getting older is not for the faint of heart. Love the bubble wrap idea! I’d worry about people wanting to ‘pop’ you all the time. Still . . . I hope you feel better soon.

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  7. Midwestern Plant Girl

    I feel for you honey!
    I have only done the pain thing for a few months at a time and I don’t know how folks do it. Most drugs don’t work on me either. Supposedly, red heads are somewhat immune to narcotics. I woke up during surgery once. . Freaked Dr. out! 😲
    Any chance you’ve looked into alternative meds, of course, besides the ‘ol faithful vodka? I love my chiropractor. She has unfolded many kinks in my bod. I’ve also started taking glucosamine and chondroitin for my knees as nothing bad has happened yet, but I feel they could be an issue.
    If all else fails, I think BunKaryudo had the cure: BUBBLEWRAP! ! 😂😂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I also started taking the glucosamine and chondroitin for cartilage/joints. I have been giving it to my old dogs for years – and thought, hey, wait a minute!!
      Physio has been a hit and miss affair, so I save my money now.
      Waking up during surgery would have freaked Me out – never mind the Doctor!
      And yes, I Bubble wrap is sooo appealing 🙂

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  8. Garfield Hug

    Aawww! Poor you!! I empathise with you and feel your pain. I had rotator cuff surgery 3 years ago caused by my diligent swimming antics of 2 km a day to keep fit. So much for keeping fit. Sigh….I am in the falling apart club and by the way, you don’t qualify as a member so heal lady! Heal! Lol!! Do take care and am sorry to hear of your troubles with shoulder, back, wrist, feet. Pain is an ugly 4 letter word. Thank goodness for vodka…sipping through a straw 😀

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      It is the constant pain that is exhausting. But I am much better now – started writing this post weeks ago in the midst of pain! And my pain is just damage that will heal, so I’m a bit of a fraud really.
      Here’s hoping your dental pain disappears really soon. You said it – Pain is a 4 letter word!!
      Here’s to vodka, or your preferred tipple. Cheers! 🙂

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  9. BunKaryudo

    I don’t mean to laugh because pain is, er, painful. I can’t help thinking, though that you have been a bit of a catastrophe magnet recently. Perhaps you should wrap yourself in bubble wrap for a few weeks until you get over it.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Baahahaha! Bubble wrap! I like it 🙂
      But don’t you find that also? Once you have hurt something, eg knocked your ankle, then you keep on hurting the same place? It’s like an unwritten law of the Universe! 😀

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      1. BunKaryudo

        Yes, it’s one of those toast buttered-side-down kind of things. I have a thing about banging my knees, for some reason. I wouldn’t quite call it a hobby, but it’s certainly something I seem to devote a lot of time to.

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  10. ladysighs

    After reading this I am feeling much better. Going to quit my whining. Do hope you get some relief. Yes, the chronic pain can really be a pain. One looks OK but feels so crappy all the time.
    What I hate is people/friends who say, “But be thankful you aren’t worse than you are.” I understand their intent, but it doesn’t help. I guess what helps most is reading blogs of fellow sufferers. lol
    Red wine does it for me. Will quit the whining but not the wining! 🙂

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  11. pensitivity101

    Know how you feel. Good days and bad days here too, but I don’t like to complain as Hubby is in pain of varying degrees 24/7. Glad the vodka works. By accident, we discovered Guiness and paracetamol work brilliantly together (did a post on when Hubby’s luggage went on tour in Ireland), the thing is I don’t like Guiness. Now brandy…………. purely for medicinal purposes of course……….. makes it worth having a cold!

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