Hi fellow spineys.
I haven't posted about my pain lately, except in answer to others' posts, but I think I've put myself in a bad spot and need to vent and also need some fellow spiney support, I suppose.
Last Friday, I unloaded half a pallet of paper - stupidly enough, without my back brace and generally a box at a time. Those suckers are very heavy.
I was fine, although felt a tad stiff on Friday night and Saturday morning, then I took Wally for a walk about 9:30am Saturday and when I got back I started having very sharp pains in my lower back.
It's progressed throughout the last four days to where it's radiating out to my upper back, around both sides of my abdomen and down my butt and legs. The central pain location is where I imagine my bottom right screw to my rod would be. Sometimes it even hurts to breath. The pain can be both sharp, biting and is always aching - and one slight move can really set of a major pain shoot. When I walk, it hurts most to walk on my right leg because of the pain it causes my back, so I'm limping.
It's started affecting my sleep and by the end of the day yesterday I felt so bad that I actually told my husband I was considering going to the ER last night for pain - it was truly a 9 on the 1-10 scale. I've never considered that before, never. I've also started taking some of the 5mg percs that I was given right after surgery, another thing I haven't done before.
I haven't had pain like this since right after my surgery and I'm so scared that I've broken something. It just feels so intense and isn't subsiding - I'm scared to walk too much, to lift too much, to do anything for fear of making it worse.
This is of course a problem because this is my new job that I need and really do love and I don't want it compromised. Oh, man...
Anyway, sorry to ramble on, I just haven't needed you guys like this in a long time. I do have an appointment with my OS on Friday morning - also amazing because his PA is out for two weeks and he's booked solid until the end of May, except that one appointment that happened to be open on Friday.
Thanks for listening. And if any of you have felt this and can relate, and/or can give me any ideas, I'd appreciate it. Stretching doesn't do it - just my heating pad and resting in my beloved recliner (of course with my blanky).