STOP THE PRESS!!!!!
MICHELLE HAS DONE HER BACK.
Dear lord, that's not much of a news story but it's my crappy story. You see I collect chronic diseases/disorders like other people collect salt and pepper shakers. Because one is just never enough.
I've been doing my back since my early 30's. One moment I was fine. The next I was in the middle of my pilates class and heard a sound that no one should ever hear from their back. 24hrs and 4 popped discs later I was told that I had the back of an 80 year-old-woman, otherwise known as Degenerative Disc Disease. Just what every girl wants to hear. A haphazard mix of physio, pain meds, hydrotherapy and crying into my Cornflakes got me through those months, but unfortunately did little to reverse the underlying condition.
Since that time I have popped multiple discs, suffered through sciatic pain more times than I can count, and been felt up by way too many physios. I had to laugh that my last MRI showed a bulging thoracic disc, but that was inconsequential according to the Radiologist. The near constant pain radiating from that same spot would lead me to disagree with his finding of inconsequential!
Makes me want to attempt a Sheldon Cooperesque head explodion on that particular Radiologist.
Today I am lying in bed flat on my back praying that the meds will at least take the edge off the pain, although all my past experience tells me it wont. Yet again I just have to wait it out. Until the pain becomes bearable and I can start the usual round of back exercises. You see adequate pain meds for discs that simply refuse to stay put and enjoy jumping on and crushing the nerves leaving your spinal cord, are pretty much non-existent. Nerve pain is a bitch. Be it the knife in your back or the molten lava of your feet. Or the near constant tasering and cattle prodding of various parts of my body. I've yet to find an adequate method of relief.
I live in pain daily. I have for years. I don't talk about it much as it's just one more thing on the list. I can't really recall a time when I wasn't in pain. From Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was a kid (thankfully I grew out of that in my early 20s), to severe endometriosis (which ended with a hysterectomy when I was 25), my frequently popping hips and knees and ankles and jaw and..., migraines and headaches, my stenosed and spasming jugular, my back, the inexplicable chest pain of Dysautonomia, and the neuropathic pain that has taken up residence over the past 6 years, my life seems to have always been tightly wound with pain.
I'm not sure why I don't really talk about this one aspect of my life more. I am very open about most aspects. I think in a sense in and out of all the various medical problems I have had over the years, it has simply become white noise. It isn't confined to one condition. Like fatigue it peppers pretty much all my various conditions. It isn't an entity unto itself.
And I have so many different types. When you head to a doctor and say it's not this type of pain or that type of pain, but a new or different type of pain they look at you like you are crazy. But say that to another chronic pain sufferer and they know exactly what you mean. My pain is just as complicated as all other aspects of my presentation. It's exhausting just thinking about it.
I know it's something I need to get better control of as pain spikes just make my autonomic symptoms worse. But where do I start? What first? Do I want more doctors? Or more meds? And do I really want to spend more money to be told by yet another doctor there is nothing they can really offer me?
Being chronically ill is an exhausting business. Every day my body plucks a new challenge from its repertoire. And every day I have to find a new way to manage it. Consistency would be a nice a change really. At least then, or so I tell myself, I could learn how to manage it all better. But for now I need to be able to think on my feet (or back, as the case may be) and be flexible and ready for any contingency. Some sort of rapid response, SWAT unit for what ever my body throws at me.
Or simply, as Mr Grumpy says, just tell this body of mine to get its shit in a pile.
Or even better, maybe I can just twirl around like Linda Carter/Wonder Woman. And Shazam! All the ill health is gone. At least in that version I might end up with some cool boots.
Day I: Why do I write about my health.
Day II: Find a quote and use it as inspiration.
Day III: I don't know about this, but I'd like to.
Day 4: A chronic handbag
Day 5: Health Activist Soapbox
I was going to add Johnny Cash's cover of The Nine Inch Nails, Hurt as the title is so apt, plus it's a fantastic song. But it's dark nature doesn't really fit today. I need a kickarse, sing it loud song to motivate me so I give you Basement Jaxx, featuring Lisa Kekaula, Good Luck.