These days Iâ€™m not feeling very well. Over the years, my health has gone up and down. Right now, Iâ€™m in a downward phase.
For the last two years, I have had intense pain in my neck and shoulders. I have trouble turning my neck from the headaches, and constant muscle spasms. I cannot sleep more than six hours at a time. I can totally forget about lying on my side anymore. It feels like the outside of my upper arms burn whenever I move. Once my back went out, I finally broke down and saw a chiropractor. And thank goodness, too, because Dr. Stacy is a miracle worker!
Over the course of a year, she has reversed the curve in my neck. It moved from between phase two and three (phase 2.5?) to phase one. Thatâ€™s awesome progress!
I like the way she explained it. She pointed to my before x-rays, and said, â€œPeople with this kind of alignment are crazy! Theyâ€™re just crazy from the pain. They hurt so much, they canâ€™t think straight.â€ She exchanged the â€˜beforeâ€™ films for the â€˜afterâ€™ x-ray. â€œNow this alignment is just bad! But from this point, over time, we can get back to a normal curvature in your neck. Thatâ€™s great news!â€
As much I continue to hurt, I know I would be sooooo much worse off if I didnâ€™t take care of myself. When I say take care of myself, I mean have regular adjustments, and take a lot of drugs. And when I say a lot of drugs, I mean 2400mgs of Motrin, 500mgs-1500mgs of Vicodin, and 500mgs of Soma daily.
No, Iâ€™m not kidding.
I know Dr. Stacy would prefer a more natural approach to pain relief, but that magnesium powder only helps so much. For now, I HAVE to take these prescription meds just to get through the day. Without them, I couldnâ€™t get out of bed.
So imagine how happy I was when a nurse at my doctorâ€™s office decided to cancel my pain prescription. She wasnâ€™t advised by a doctor to cut me off. She made that decision by herself!
Iâ€™m guessing Nurse Ratched didnâ€™t call Dr. Miller because she is recuperating at home from back surgery. I know for a fact that Dr. Miller is still available for consultations regarding prescription refills. She approved medications for Endicott a couple of weeks ago.
This â€œnurseâ€ then argued with me about medication dosages (I took the recommended dosage or less) and refill frequencies, before admitting she couldnâ€™t approval the prescription refill (Then why freaking defend it, Nurse Wretched?!). She begrudgingly agreed to ask another doctor to approve my medications, and then she hung up on me!
That â€œnurseâ€ was so rude and out of line!!! I cannot wait to call Dr. Millerâ€™s office on Tuesday morning and explain what suck-ass customer service skills that â€œnurseâ€ has! Not to mention lack of compassion. Obviously, that butt-munch never had a chronic pain condition. I have. It sucks your energy, and all of your strength (and sometimes even the will to live) from your body. It just plain sucks!
Until my pain medication is refilled, I have to cope any way I can. Currently, my daily routing includes about 3200mgs of ibuprofen a day, one 500mgs of Soma (when I can find a pill in my partially unpacked moving boxes), and a couple of puffs off of a joint, shortly before bedtime. Yes, I have turned to â€˜medicalâ€™ marijuana for pain management.
The amazing thing to me is that it REALLY works! I donâ€™t notice a buzz or coughing. I just know the pain dissipates enough for me to get to sleep. For now, that will have to be enough.
Let me ride,
Add comment May 28th, 2005