Pain

Nerve

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.

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Hoo boy.  No fiction this morning. If we were playing a word association game, and you said nerve, my immediate response?  PAIN.  

I have a couple of herniated lumbar discs.  I had pain treatment not quite a year ago that  relieved the pain almost completely.  A little achiness now and then, but nothing an over-the-counter medication couldn’t deal with.

Three weeks ago, is started kicking up again.

I also have stenosis and degenerative disc disease.  That’s quite a cocktail of misery.

Stenosis comes from a Greek word meaning to choke.  There are little holes in the bones for the nerves to pass through.  When the bone around those holes begins to crumble, the nerves are pinched.  And they react.  They don’t like being pinched, so they pinch right back.

Yesterday I was going to go to work, but as I was getting into the car, my hip/leg/lower back all said, “No, you’re not!”  So appropriate calls were made to cancel my clients, get an appointment with the pain doctor, get a script for the medications to get me through until I can get the shots that will relieve the pain long-term.

Getting old does have its downside.

So when I saw this morning’s prompt, Nerve, this post pretty much wrote itself.  I’m well aware of my nerves right now!

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23 thoughts on “Pain

    1. Thank you. I’ve looked into several alternatives, but the plain truth is that nothing is going to rebuild the bone that has already degenerated. I understand, though, that your battle with cancer has made you skeptical of pharmacological treatments. I did actually see an acupuncturist, and got no relief at all. Sigh.

  1. I went the path of spinal shots when I herniated l3 and l4…….not for the weak let me tell you…and the firsts shot was magnificent! all pain disappeared in a matter of days but it only lasted about 8 months, so back again for a second. That was over 20 years ago. now with the DDD (yes I have that too) it causes daily small yet extremely irritating problems. I tried the herbals that were suggested by another blogg and by Gawd, they work! Just be sure to check with a pharmacist if you take other meds.

      1. it doesn’t stop it…i highly doubt anything will. but it helps me to cope. days are not filled with pain, there is a never-ending ache but that I can live with

  2. Your post was on spot. Unless someone has gone through it personally, they will never know the real pain associated with you . I have had pain problems every since I was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1978 (which I beat). I pray that your pain subsides to where it is manageable and you can “function” each day and possibly helped at least one person in some way. Herbals and such never helped me but to some it makes a major difference.

      1. Physical pain makes everything else harder. So sorry! I’m glad you’ve done research into options and are doing what you believe best.

        It’s also great test you’ve been swimming and losing weight! Those will help in the long run as well.

        Prayers for relief. Not only because you need it, but because your clients need you.

      2. I got pain meds yesterday–slept like a log last night. The meds will keep me going until I get the shots next Friday. Thanks so much for your prayers. Best medicine ever 🙂

      1. I hear you. There is not a day that goes by, when I’m not in pain. Unfortunately for me, I’m allergic to most pain meds. Over the years, I’ve accepted it’s one of those things I have to suck it up and deal with. Hope you’re feeling better today. Take care of yourself, first.

      2. Do you know the source of your pain? I have fibromyalgia, but it’s not very bad compared to some friends who also have it. This present pain is specific to my herniated discs, stenosis, and DDD.

      3. Yes. I have an autoimmune disease. Heart and lungs are involved but most of my pain is joint and muscle pain. I’ve lived a long time with my disease and manage most days to deal with the pain. Other days, not so much.

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